New Performance Venue Near Las Vegas Strip To Reshape Skyline

New Performance Venue Near Las Vegas Strip To Reshape Skyline

An artist's rendering of the MSG Sphere Las Vegas distributed Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, shows the 300-foot performance venue near The Venetian. Construction begins later this year with completion pl ...

An artist's rendering of the MSG Sphere Las Vegas distributed Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, shows the 300-foot performance venue near The Venetian. Construction begins later this year with completion planned by 2020.
  


By Richard N. Velotta Las Vegas Review-Journal February 9, 2018 - 1:37 pm

NEW YORK — Madison Square Garden’s planned Las Vegas performance venue will offer sound and visual technology never before heard or seen and change the Strip skyline with a sphere-shaped building 360 feet tall.

Construction on MSG Sphere Las Vegas, which will be built just east of The Venetian, is scheduled to begin in the second half of 2018. A late 2020 opening is planned. The scalable 18,000-seat arena is being built strictly for music and entertainment performances — not sports — although it also could host esports competitions.

The Madison Square Garden Co. is partnering with Las Vegas Sands Corp. on the project. The MSG Sphere concept was unveiled Thursday to about 170 entertainment executives at Radio City Music Hall. Las Vegas will be the first Sphere location, but plans are in the works for a venue in London.

The companies did not disclose the cost of the project or how the financing would be split. The 400,000-square-foot facility will be built on an open-air storage lot at Sands Avenue between Koval Lane and Manhattan Street.

Sands executives have said the site is perfectly situated, with thousands of hotel rooms at The Venetian and Palazzo as well as the nearby Wynn Las Vegas and Encore. The Venetian and Palazzo will be connected to the venue via the upstairs lobby of the Sands Expo & Convention Center, through a bridge across Koval Lane, giving those hotel guests easy access to performances as well as the company’s other restaurant and club amenities.

That connection also would allow the company to use the performance venue as a general conference center for trade shows and conventions scheduled at the Sands Expo.

At 360 feet, MSG Sphere Las Vegas won’t be as tall as Palazzo (642 feet) or the High Roller attraction (550 feet) a few blocks away, but the diameter of the venue at its widest point will be more than 500 feet.

The Review-Journal is owned by the family of Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson.



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