The West has several amazing venues, but there’s always room for more…and a new 18,000 seat venue, an additional 5,000 standing, from Madison Square Garden is the best new suggestion there is this year. By the end of 2018, construction will begin on the MSG Sphere Las Vegas, which is exactly what the name implies: a 400,000 square foot arena in the shape of a sphere, so massive it will alter the Las Vegas skyline. The building will be constructed in the open air storage lot at Sands Avenue (between Koval Lane and Manhattan Street). Both the Venitian and Palazzo will be connected to the venue via the lobby of the Sands Convention Center. Executive Chairman and CEO of Madison Square Garden Co. was excited to announce the MSG Sphere after planning it for two years. He had this to say about the experience:
“For those of you who are my age or older, we all went to Woodstock, not just for the bands, we went to be with each other. All those people who now go to those EDM (electronic dance music) shows and the Deadmaus shows, etc., they’re there to enjoy the experience together. They couldn’t possibly have the same experience, even if you replicated the light show and the sound. You don’t get to do this with 18,000 people in your home.”
So we can definitely expect future EDM concerts to take place at this incredible new venue. Deadmau5, Calvin Harris, Eric Prydz, The Chainsmokers, Marshmello, Kaskade, Tiësto, Above & Beyond, and Excision are amongst the artists that could headline the MSG Sphere as they’ve been known to sell out 20,000+ venues multiple times over the last few years.
The project will finish in 2020, featuring several different artist bookings, video game events, mixed martial arts and even 70-90 minute general interest shows from MSG themselves. Read more about it on the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
MSG Sphere Las Vegas by the numbers
360: Height, in feet, of the sphere.
500: Width of sphere at widest point
800: Miles of dense fiber-optic cable going into the venue
300: Miles of copper cable supplementing the fiber-optic cables
18,000: Full capacity of venue. Every seat will face the stage
2018: Construction begins, second half of the year
2020: Venue opens, probably late in the year