Developers are closing in and getting ready to begin construction on the MSG Sphere Las Vegas.

On Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, the Clark County Commission unanimously approved a decommissioning plan for the project, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The plan is an outline depicting how the site will be restored if the construction project is abandoned. This is a requirement set forth before the county will issue the necessary building permits for the project.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. is partnering with Madison Square Garden to build a 18,000-seat entertainment venue. The Sphere will be 360 feet tall and 500 feet wide at the widest point. The completion date is scheduled for 2020. The Sphere will be built on a 63-acre lot east of the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

The exterior of the sphere will be fully programmable and house a 170,000-square-foot spherical digital indoor display.

The cost of the project has not been disclosed by Sands and Madison Square Garden. However, the sphere will debut technology that will allow the audience to feel the music.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the floor of the venue will feature an “infrasound haptic” system that will carry bass sounds through the floor. This will allow the audience to feel the music under their feet.

There will be thousands of little speakers installed in the walls, called a “beamformed” sound system and it will deliver clear acoustics.

This technology will provide sound options never before seen or heard. One of the uses of the Sphere will be for general conferences, such as trade shows. The Sphere will allow people of all languages to be able to experience the same visuals but have their perspective languages dictated to them in their seats without wires or a headset from the same room.

Technicians will be able to capture and present high-resolution video with a special camera system that captures and “stitches together” 360-degree-by-360-degree footage at two gigabytes per second.

This project is coming together but there is not a solid start date for construction at this time.

By Jeanette Smith


Las Vegas Review-Journal: Developers closer to beginning work on MSG Sphere Las Vegas