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New performance venue near Las Vegas Strip to reshape skyline





Madison Square Garden’s planned Las Vegas performance venue will offer sound and visual technology never before heard or seen and will change the Strip skyline with a sphere-shaped building 360 feet tall. Construction on the 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 specifically for music and entertainment performances, although it also could host esports competitions and possibly boxing and mixed martial arts.
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, giving guests of those hotels 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.
How and where the bridge will connect is unclear. Wynn Resorts owns a strip of land with an employee parking garage directly across Koval from the Sands Expo. The Las Vegas Monorail line also straddles Koval and Sands there.
At 360 feet, the MSG Sphere Las Vegas won’t be as tall as the 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.
 

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LV Sands commits $75 million to MSG Sphere arena project

Las Vegas Sands Corp. will contribute $75 million to the MSG Sphere arena project being built behind two of its Las Vegas Strip properties.
Documents filed Wednesday to the Securities and Exchange Commission show Sands will pay out the money to Madison Square Garden Co. incrementally upon construction milestones being met on the site owned by the gaming giant. The project's final price has yet to be revealed.
The 360-foot-tall by 500-foot-wide facility features a 580,000-square-foot spherical shape wrapped in an open-air trellis structure that includes 190,000 linear feet of LED lighting that is fully programmable to create a digital showcase.
The money is part of a ground-lease agreement, as MSG is developing the planned music and special events arena on land owned by Sands. The sum will go toward project construction costs, including for an 1,100-foot-long pedestrian bridge planned to link the arena and the Venetian, Palazzo and the Sands Expo Center.
Good for 50 years, the lease agreement states the foundation work must begin within 18 months from the agreement date (July 13) and have three years after that to complete the arena. That would reach into early 2023, but MSG has said construction is planned to begin this summer, with a planned late 2020 completion date.
The lease agreement does not require MSG to pay Sands any fixed rent for leasing the parcel. If certain return objectives for the MSG Sphere are achieved, Sands will receive 25 percent of the after-tax cash flow over those objectives.
The arena is set to create an immersive environment incorporating all five senses.
Seating up to 18,500, the arena will feature a 170,000-square-foot LED display, which MSG touts as the largest and highest resolution LED screen in the world.
MSG Sphere is projected to provide 3,500 local construction jobs during the building phase and 4,400 jobs annually once the arena is open, according to a study from Hobbs, Ong & Associates.
 

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can vegas get any tackier?
Is Las Vegas!

Is a city that lives for entertain and amaze......nothing more. Is we see the whole concept of this project.....it fits very well in the extravagant landscape of this city.
 

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MSG Sphere venue in Las Vegas moving forward with contractor



The builder of Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena has been named general contractor of the MSG Sphere performance venue being built just off the Strip.

The Madison Square Garden Company on Monday said Los Angeles-based AECOM, a multinational engineering firm with offices in Las Vegas, was selected to build the high-tech 17,500-seat spherical facility just east of The Venetian.

In addition to the 3-year-old, $375 million T-Mobile Arena, AECOM has built Mercedes-Benz Stadium and State Farm Arena in Atlanta as well as the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York.

“We are making important progress in Las Vegas and are pleased to have added another world-class company to our team,” Jayne McGivern, MSG’s executive vice president of development and construction, said in a statement Monday.

MSG officials did not say how many workers are on the site, but analysts from Hobbs, Ong &Associates say the project will create 3,500 construction jobs and 4,400 permanent jobs once the building opens.
 

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I love that the Madison Square Garden in NYC isn't even on Madison square anymore, and now they are opening a new venue with that name thousands of miles away from the actual Madison square :lol:
 

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I like it. If any city that would build a spherical venue, Las Vegas would be high on my list.
 

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I like it. If any city that would build a spherical venue, Las Vegas would be high on my list.
It would probably be the WHOLE list. :lol:

London is trying but opposition from locals (and other venues) has held it back. Fortunately, it won't be across from the Houses of Parliament and other historic sites like the big ole Ferris Wheel.

Otherwise, only China or the oil powers would seem to have the money and questionable taste to put this on their skyline. Of course, just my opinion.
 

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If the MSG Sphere will have a theater-style configuration, then what kind of sports could it host? Major sports events in the Las Vegas area is usually handled by the Thomas & Mack Center and T-Mobile Arena, and the Sphere will mostly hold concerts.
 

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If the MSG Sphere will have a theater-style configuration, then what kind of sports could it host? Major sports events in the Las Vegas area is usually handled by the Thomas & Mack Center and T-Mobile Arena, and the Sphere will mostly hold concerts.
Could still host boxing, MMA or wrestling.
 

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Yes. Discussions for either this or the London equivalent said they would not host any sports in the sense of team sports but that it could be used for "mat" type sports.
 
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