The multi-use theater, which will have an LED screen the size of three football fields, is set to open in 2021.
Billed as a venue that will incorporate all the senses, MSG Sphere has begun to rise from its 18-acre footprint on the corner of Koval Lane and Sands Avenue in Las Vegas. Located across the street from partner The Venetian Resort, approximately 110,000 cubic yards of dirt and caliche are being moved to make way for what will be one of the most state-of-the-art live entertainment and sports complexes in the world.
"This is one-of-a-kind. Nobody has ever done this before," says Nick Tomasino, vice president of for The Madison Square Garden Company, during a first look at the site where grading and excavation is complete, and construction of basement walls, columns, decks and stair and elevator cores is currently underway.
MSG executives are promising first-in-class technology, ushering in the next generation of immersive experiences. The idea came from MSG chairman and CEO Jim Dolan who challenged his team to disrupt the entertainment space for artists, content creators and audiences. Designed by architectural firm Populous, which specializes in stadiums and arenas and also designed Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena, the Sphere will host concerts, residencies, corporate events and select sporting events like boxing and MMA. A 1,000-foot-long pedestrian bridge will connect MSG Sphere to The Venetian Resort.