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Designs for spherical concert venue commissioned by group behind Madison Square Garden

According to plans seen by the Guardian, a giant glass sphere taller than St Paul’s Cathedral could be built next to the Olympic park in east London.

The design for the concert venue was commissioned by the Madison Square Garden Company, which also owns the New York Knicks basketball team. MSG’s executive chairman, James Dolan, was recently accused in a US court filing of knowing about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged predatory sexual conduct. Dolan is also a financial supporter of Donald Trump.

Early designs circulating for the orb suggest the venue could accommodate up to 20,000 people. Such a size would allow it to rival the O2 arena in the former Millennium Dome in Greenwich, which is operated by another US entertainment company, AEG.

According to sources, MSG has commissioned Populous, the architects behind the nearby London Stadium, Wembley and the planned Bristol arena, as well as stadiums across north America.

One design visualisation shows that the lower half of the orb would be fitted with tiered seating, while the upper half would form a spectacular vaulted roof. A tripod of pylons would elevate the illuminated sphere above the ground, allowing visitors to use pedestrian concourses beneath the venue.

One source said the building could reach 130 metres (427ft) – comparable in height to the arch of Wembley stadium and 20m taller than St Paul’s.

Neither MSG nor Populous would confirm or deny their involvement in the proposal, although blueprints seen by the Guardian bear the MSG logo. A spokeswoman for MSG in New York said: “We do not comment on rumour or speculation.” A spokesman for Populous said: “There’s nothing for us to say.”

It remains unclear when the orb designs were drawn up or how likely they are to be advanced. The owner of the site is currently registered as Westfield, which operates the shopping centre directly to the west of the proposed venue. Westfield said it was “not able to comment”.
https://www.theguardian.com/artandd...olf-ball-the-next-addition-to-londons-skyline
 

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I think London could certainly justify another big indoor concert venue, especially with football and rugby stadiums being limited to when they can host concerts. AEG have control over the two main indoor arenas in London, so I can see why something like the above would appeal to MSG. Maybe Live Nation would also be a part of it, as Live Nation and MSG have certainly had their spats with AEG in recent years.
 

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You cannot not make that comparison! But the Ericsson Globe is a superb medium to large arena, not a 20,000 plus one. Yes you increase the diameter, therefore more seats, but all that extra material instead of a flat roof? I'd love to see it, but I just don't see it happening.
 

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The plot, on the edge of the Olympic Park and close to the railway and Tube lines beside Westfield shopping centre, was bought last year for £60 million.

Jayne McGivern, MSG executive vice president development and construction, said: “The advantages for London are incalculable. It is absolutely game-changing technology in the way people will come to listen, watch and interact. It will revolutionise the way music and entertainment is viewed.”

As well as catering for the biggest music stars on the planet, the Stratford sphere would also be used as a conference centre for big name brands and also for E-sport video game events.

The size and capacity of MSG Sphere London has not been finalised.

MSG hopes a planning application can be lodged by the end of the year and construction on the London venue could take up to three years.

The group claims the venue would create about 3,200 new jobs and be worth £2.7 billion to the UK's economy over the first 20 years’ operation. Local businesses could benefit by £50 million a year once the venue opens.
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/lon...crystal-ball-olympic-park-venue-a3762766.html
 

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Slightly taller and with a seemingly larger capacity than the Globe Arena in Stockholm.

It appears to be configured around an end stage, rather than in the round, which means it's likely to be a more specialist music venue than for sports. A similar layout to the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

Here's a market feasibility study and an impact assessment, available to download from their site:

https://london.msg.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/London-Venue-Market-Study.pdf

https://london.msg.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/EY-Economic-Impact-Report.pdf
 

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Comparing it to Globen in Stockholm, the acoustics is terrible inside the globe. For both sporting events like hockey and concerts. Lets hope they manage to solve it in this case, or have an internal flat roof.
But here in Stockholm it is the worst arena for a concert, if you want to hear the music.
 

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This is the first artist’s impression of the MSG Sphere, the music venue proposed for east London.

The crystal-ball-style structure, near the Olympic Park in Stratford, will feature a vibrating floor so its 18,000-strong crowd can feel the bass and a holographic concierge to welcome them.

The site is currently an open-air lorry and storage facility that MSG bought in a £60 million cash deal.
https://www.standard.co.uk/go/londo...venue-msg-sphere-in-east-london-a3794241.html
 

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^^ Quite the competition for the O2 arena I would say. ;)
 
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