U2’s series of performances will officially inaugurate the MSG Sphere, but the arena won’t officially launch for roughly three more months.
The concert venue has a diameter of 516 feet and a height of 366 feet, making it the biggest sphere ever built. The encircling LED screen in its bowl-shaped theater is said to have the greatest resolution ever built. A total of 1.2 million LEDs line its exterior and may be set to flash massively dynamic graphics.
“It’s absolutely stunning to look up and see what’s in front of you. I’ve been in the entertainment business for almost 40 years. I’ve never seen anything like this, and I’m not exaggerating. It is off the charts,” declared Rich Claffey, Sphere’s COO.
The outside of the Sphere will be lighted with animations and other artwork, while it will become a gigantic representation for holiday specials.
Populous, a multinational architectural company responsible for designing some of the best stadiums in the world, was the company that designed the Sphere. Due of the coronavirus crisis, construction prices have skyrocketed to $2.3 billion, making it more expensive than even the Bellagio and Allegiant Stadium, two of the most luxurious structures in Las Vegas.
Located one block east of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, the globe has a capacity of about 18,000 seats.
The arena will play home to a variety of activities, including concerts, movies, and even sports, as the Sphere arena plans to host a variety of events, including the upcoming Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix in November and other combat sports like boxing and MMA.
However, the biggest lure of Sphere may be the live music performed there, particularly the high-profile residency shows for which Las Vegas is famous.
The creators of Sphere have also promised cutting-edge sound design. According to official statements, all 70,000 seats in the bowl will get the same high-quality audio regardless of where they are located. Additionally, the theater has 4D machines that can generate wind, temperature, and even aroma effects to better immerse the audience in the action on screen.
Considered to be the entertainment venue of the future, the Sphere is expected to change the very essence of concerts forever.