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December 15, 2018

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MSG Sphere project calls for bars, museum, private suites, new Monorail stop

MSG Sphere

Madison Square Garden Co.

A rendering shows the MSG Sphere Las Vegas arena project, slated to open in 2020 behind the Venetian and Palazzo. This view shows “cloak mode,” which appears to make the structure disappear by displaying the city’s background.

MSG Sphere Las Vegas

Renderings, provided by the Madison Square Garden Company, of the proposed Launch slideshow »

The MSG Sphere Las Vegas could have seven interior levels, a museum, private suites, retail shops, luxury seating areas, taverns and more in about 600,000 square feet, according to plans submitted to Clark County.

The plans indicate the seating capacity for the arena, which is a collaborative project between the Madison Square Garden Co. and the Las Vegas Sands Corp., will be 18,453 seats.

An 1,100-foot-long elevated pedestrian bridge will link the northwest corner of the arena to the northeastern portion of the Sands Expo Center, with a maximum height of 32 feet above ground and 25 feet wide, according to the plans. An elevated monorail stop is planned on Sands Avenue, about 200 feet east of Koval Lane.

MSG Sphere is planned for 396 feet, with the arena being 366 feet high and an additional 30 feet of antennas and lighting rods on the roof.

The venue's exterior is a 580,000-square-foot spherical shape that is wrapped in an open-air trellis structure that includes 190,000 linear feet of LED lighting that is fully programmable to create a digital showcase for brands, artists, events and partners.

The interior features what Madison Square Garden claims to be the largest and highest resolution LED screen in the world. The 170,000-square-foot display will wrap around the interior of the bowl, giving the audience choice views no matter where seated.

Plans indicate that parking will mostly be at Venetian and Palazzo garages, although 304 spots will be around the arena. Sands, which contributed $75 million to the project, and MSG have agreed to not schedule major concurrent events at the Las Vegas Expo Center and the MSG Sphere to avoid parking conflicts.

Developers ceremoniously broke ground last month. The project is scheduled for completion in the 2021 fiscal year.