The construction of the MSG Sphere at The Venetian, the huge entertainment venue in Las Vegas, reached a milestone on Tuesday when executives swore it would be open in time to participate in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship when it arrives in Nevada in November 2023.
The venue, estimated to cost $ 1.865 billion, will “absolutely” be ready for the event, MSG Entertainment’s senior VP of construction Nick Tomasino said Tuesday at the construction site during a review attended by The Hollywood Reporter. «The Formula 1 track goes around MSG Sphere. We are happy to be able to work with Formula 1 and make the race happen, “said Tomasino.
The wildly ambitious construction project started in 201[ads1]9 and is expected to be completed in the second half of 2023. On Tuesday, MSG marked the completion of the premises’ steel electrosphere, the primary structural work on the project. The exosphere starts at ground level and works up to the “oculus”, which is now secured in place, meaning that the exosphere is self-supporting. This compression ring on top of the ball holds the structure in place and has a diameter of 136 feet and weighs 121 tons.
When completed, the MSG Sphere is expected to become the largest spherical structure in the world, 336 feet high and 516 feet wide, and serve as a radically new entertainment venue that can accommodate up to 20,000 standing spectators or 17,500 seated guests, with 23 VIP suites.
Sphere is expected to house a record-breaking 160,000 square meters of LED screen on the inside, while the outside will be covered with a record-breaking 580,000-square-meter outdoor LED screen, both of which are fully programmable and can accommodate 16K 16K image resolution. With that, MSG aims to transport guests to the place and the experience displayed on the immersive screen.
Through a partnership with the Berlin-based sound company Holoplot, Sphere will house a custom spatial sound system that uses as many as 164,000 speakers. Additional plans include 4D features from wind to scents, as well as connectivity for all guests. The interior will have three layers of cooling, including one under the seat.
In terms of content for the venue, MSG has already begun reaching out to filmmakers in Hollywood, as well as musicians, to create customized, immersive content and experiences for the LED screen. The plans also include the use of the venue for live performances, sports, games and corporate events, as well as advertising on the external LED screen. Tomasino confirmed that it could also display live events on the LED screen.
“We have the ability to expand the stage into modular sections,” Tomasino said, adding that this includes the ability to expand it forward toward the audience, as well as control the width and height. “We have full versatility.” There is also space under the stage for the artists and for the afterparty.
About the Formula 1 plans, MSG Entertainment’s CEO and CEO Jim Dolan spoke THR“We did not know five years ago that Formula 1 would come to Las Vegas, but we are happy to work with them. The track will go straight around the MSG Sphere, giving us a prominent position in the race broadcast and exposure to F1’s global fans. F1 will have grandstands for thousands of running fans on our property, and they will take over the exosphere for race-related content and activations. “
To underscore the ambitious plans, on May 19, MSG held a ribbon for MSG Sphere Studios, a dome of adjacent production and office space near Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, which will house the development of original content and immersive experiences for the venue. (The Dbank in Burbank, which measures nearly 100 feet in height, is a quarter-scale prototype of the Las Vegas Sphere.)
However, MSG Sphere in Las Vegas is the start of a broader intention to build spheres and large domes around the world. MSG Entertainment has already announced plans for a London site, with more locations to follow.