The world of entertainment is constantly transforming and Las Vegas is leading the change again. Expect to feel the entertainment experience at a whole new level! Madison Square Garden Co. in partnership with Las Vegas Sands Corp. has announced the opening of MSG Sphere with 18,000 seats and 5,000 standing places. It will be situated behind the Venetian and Palazzo resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. Ground breaking planned for 2018 with the completion scheduled for 2020.
A 360-foot tall dome will have an interior and exterior that is going to be digitally programmable. The company is planning to install the highest on earth resolution media display in the interior. The latest audio technology ‘beamforming’ developed by German company Holopot will be featured at the venue. Sound will travel to a specific location directly instead of spreading through speakers. Visitors may expect more surprises like internet at each seat, bass coming through floorboards as well as screens stretching across the ceiling. The dome exterior will allow to display images and video customized for each event happening at MSG. Camera system inside will allow broadcasting to exterior allowing the event to be viewed by those outside. 180,000 square feet (which is about 4 acres) of a high-resolution screen will cover almost the entire roof providing an incredible visual experience (to compare, Radio City Music Hall has about 35,000 square feet of ceiling space).
With recent venue openings in Las Vegas (in 2016 T-Mobile Arena opened in Vegas and for 2020 NFL’s Oakland Raiders stadium is planned to open) the opening of another entertainment venue needs a new compelling angle to attract events. The introduction of new technologies will enhance entertainment and provide a new way of connection between audience and performers. Visitors can instantly share what is happening on stage on social media creating new interactive experiences. The venue is not intended for sport events; it will focus on entertainment and conferences.