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MSG plans to build supersonic and high-tech reddish sphere for concert venue in Las Vegas

United States Architecture News - Feb 12, 2018 - 06:48   18415 views

MSG plans to build supersonic and high-tech reddish sphere for concert venue in Las Vegas

The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG), an American sports and entertainment holding company based in New York City, has unveiled design for a new high-tech concert venue in Las Vegas, while the company approves plans for London's Golf Ball, a giant glass spherical concert venue planned for London.

Aiming to be a game-changer for futuristic concert venues, the new plans show that  LA's new bold-reddish sphere will be built with a challenging technology, as the company is aiming to change the ways we experience sound with new audio and visual technologies, according to new report published in USA Today.

MSG plans to build supersonic and high-tech reddish sphere for concert venue in Las Vegas

Reportedly, the new concert venue will include futuristic audio technologies, the interactive floorboards, screens and internet use at each seat with bass pumped features, allowing audiences to share "what is happening on stage with friends on social media and to create interactive experiences with performers and presenter on stage."

MSG plans to build supersonic and high-tech reddish sphere for concert venue in Las Vegas

View from a live performance at the MSG's LA Sphere

The 18,000-seat high-tech arena will use a special technology - which is also known as beamforming audio - it will transform the sound directly to a specific location instead of blasting it over speakers spread through a venue. The system will be developed by a German company Holoplot and will be a key part at the core of design.

James Dolan, CEO of The MSG, and David Dibble, CEO MSG Ventures have introduced LA's new concept venue in a video and they said "It's no longer just about what is happening on stage, it's about what is happening inside the entire audience."

This mega sphere, being completely different from a typical dome, will not feature hockey or basketball games - it will house a series of entertainment performances and conferences that are presented with super-tech environment and technology.

MSG plans to build supersonic and high-tech reddish sphere for concert venue in Las Vegas

An example of "under water" performance at the MSG LA Sphere

"You will not see a hockey game, a basketball game in the Sphere," said Dolan in USA Today. "The most sports thing you'll ever see is a fight."

The bold red-colored shpere's exterior skin is wrapped by 190,000 linear feet of LED lighting and 180,000 square feet of high-resolution screens in the interior, which will enable it to be lit up or display images and video customized for each event that is taking place.

MSG plans to build supersonic and high-tech reddish sphere for concert venue in Las Vegas

The designers will use a camera system inside the sphere that will even be able to broadcast out to the outer skin, allowing the event insiders to be viewed by anyone outside. 

The company will also use a different camera system around the city which will be able to virtually cloak the dome with real-time images and video of its surroundings, making it seemingly disappear.

MSG plans to build supersonic and high-tech reddish sphere for concert venue in Las Vegas

A demonstration of a car launch at the MSG Sphere in Las Vegas

MSG is planning to break ground for the Sphere later this year near the Venetian and Palazzo complex and to open the concert venue in 2020. David Dibble, CEO of the Ventures subsidiary that took a 25% stake in Holoplot, also said that "the company hopes to bring the technology to Radio City later this year for the annual Rockettes Christmas show."

"We're building very large Spheres now, but we can build ones that are half the size, a quarter," Dolan said. "Ultimately we may be able to put one right in your home."

A "home dome," added Dibble.

All images courtesy of the MSG

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