MSG Sphere: A World of Spectacular Entertainment Unveiled in Las Vegas
Las Vegas is now home to the world’s largest spherical structure and screen, the MSG Sphere, which has been completed at a cost of $2.3 billion. The exterior of the building is a massive LED display, while inside the venue boasts the world’s largest curved LED display with the highest resolution, according to its creators.
Standing at a height of 111.5 meters and a width of 157.3 meters, the building is adorned with 1.2 million LED blocks, each the size of a hockey puck. Within each block, 48 LEDs display 256 colors. This gigantic screen is capable of showcasing dynamic images, likely the largest of its kind in the world. Although the official opening of the venue is yet to take place, the screen demonstrated its capabilities on Independence Day in the United States.
Once open, the screen will host nightly shows, occasionally themed around holidays. It has been humorously suggested on social media that these displays might cause car accidents. The Sphere was designed by the architectural firm Populous, known for its work on many of the world’s largest sports arenas. The construction costs of the project reached $2.3 billion, which escalated during the pandemic.
The concert hall, which can accommodate 18,000 spectators, will open on September 29 with the first of 25 concerts by the renowned Irish band U2, performing their 1991 album “Achtung Baby” live at the Sphere. Ticket prices start at $140. The venue will also feature exclusive screenings of Darren Aronofsky’s film “Postcards from the Earth.” In November, the Formula 1 Grand Prix will pass through the site, and the Sphere will also host boxing matches, mixed martial arts events, and other sporting activities. And of course, it will be a hotspot for musicians to perform.
However, all of these performances may seem miniature in comparison to the 76-meter screen with a resolution of 19,000 x 13,500 pixels inside the concert hall. Additionally, there are 160,000 speakers installed, ensuring high-quality sound for every visitor regardless of their seating location. The seats are equipped with tactile actuators that can vibrate, for example, during earthquake simulations shown on the screen. The venue also features 4D machines capable of simulating wind, changing temperature, and producing scents.
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