At A Glance

The MSG Sphere is the world’s largest spherical building built by the Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) and the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. The Sphere has only a few productions announced at the venue, but many things are on the radar to look forward to.

Approximately 17,500 seating capacity

Boasts the largest / highest-resolution LED screen in the world

U2 opens the Sphere on September 28, 2023

Other experiences include “Postcard From Earth”, an immersive event unlike anything you’ve seen

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What To Expect

After years of waiting, the Sphere at Las Vegas’s Venetian Resort – a $2 billion project – is living up to its promises of out-of-this-world, one-of-a-kind experiences.

About the Sphere

Built by the Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) and the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, the Las Vegas Sphere is unquestionably the world’s largest spherical building. At its widest point, the Sphere is over 500 feet across.

Not only that, the several layers of structured steel underneath allow the Sphere’s exterior to boast the largest screen ever.

The dome alone required hundreds of workers, several specialty cranes, huge vertical conveyor belts, and over 3,000 tons of steel to construct.

Courtesy Sphere Entertainment

An Architectural Spectacle

As the biggest screen in the world, the Sphere offers a free show to visitors flying in and out of Vegas.

If you haven’t already seen some of the Sphere’s visual masterpieces, check out some of our favorites.

How many people does the Sphere seat?

The venue seats approximately 17,500, plus standing room. In all, the capacity of the venue is approximately 20,000, about the same capacity as the Madison Square Garden in New York.

It has custom spatial audio and haptic seats for the ultimate 4D experience.

The venue will seat approximately 17,500, plus a standing room. In all, the capacity of the venue will be approximately 20,000, about the same capacity as the Madison Square Garden in New York. It will have custom spacial audio and haptic seats for the ultimate 4D experience.

Workers are on-site 24/7 to check the various systems and equipment in the arena and around the facility.

MSG Sphere basketball
MSG Sphere interior rendering

Courtesy Sphere Entertainment

What to Expect Inside the Sphere

The interior arena contains the world’s most extensive and highest-resolution LED screen. Encompassing most of the dome, a jigsaw puzzle of screens makes up a 160,000-square-foot LED display.

Nine levels are inside, with an atrium connecting floors two through six. Concession stands are located throughout, but level six has several bars, and level eight might eventually host a full-service restaurant.

The ground level has green rooms and a private nightclub for artists, their guests, and other VIPs.

Where is the Sphere?

The Sphere is just behind the Venetian Las Vegas and has pedestrian access to and from the Venetian and Palazzo. It’s within walking distance of the central and north Strip hotels, including Wynn, Encore, TI, The Mirage (future Hard Rock), and Resorts World.

There are currently stops nearby for the Las Vegas Monorail, with plans to build a separate stop for access to The Venetian and The Sphere.

Limited parking is available on-site, with parking available at the Venetian, Palazzo, and the Sands Expo.

The Sphere aerial view

Courtesy Sphere Entertainment

A source working on the project told Premier Vegas of the interior, “If it’s not seats or stage, it’s pretty much screens [all around].”

What’s Playing At The Sphere?

Concerts: U2

Four years since their last show, U2 will kick off their “venue launch,” opening The Sphere on September 29, 2023.

Tickets went on sale on April 28. U2 will perform at least 17 shows during their stay in Vegas through November, with tickets starting at $140, including fees – and going much higher.

Bono told Apple Music in an interview that he is looking forward to playing The Sphere because it’s a music venue “built for art,” designed “for immersive experiences in cinema and performance.”

U2 is the only band confirmed, but the Sphere’s team will announce more throughout 2023.

U2
MSG Sphere with Wynn in the background

Sphere Experiences: Postcard From Earth

In addition to U2, the Sphere also hosts immersive experiences.

Dubbed the “Postcard from Earth,” the show promises to be a production unlike any ever seen. With 160,000 speakers throughout the arena, each seat has pristine audio to make attendees feel like they are anywhere in the world.

The Sphere described the production as “a multi-sensory storytelling journey, providing audiences with a first-of-its-kind shared experience at an unparalleled scale.” It “will utilize the full breadth of Sphere’s technological capabilities.”

Postcard from Earth premiered on October 6th and has a run-time of about 60 minutes per show. There are numerous showings throughout the Fall and into next year. They will take place on days when no other events occur.

Tickets for Postcard from Earth went on sale on April 12th.

Potential For The Future: Harry Styles

Several rumors about who could play at The Sphere following U2’s residency have been purported. While no shows are on the schedule, Harry Styles is a viable contender.

After selling out a 15-show residency at the Madison Square Garden in New York, it’s been speculated Styles’ could easily pack The Sphere for multiple shows after his current tour concludes in July.

Harry Styles

Phish in Familiar Waters

The Review-Journal has reported the potential of Phish performing at the Sphere for New Year’s Eve. While whether they will play New Year’s Eve remains to be confirmed, many believe because of Phish’s longstanding relationship with MSG Entertainment, vis-à-vis Madison Square Garden, they will play as many as eight shows at the venue.

What’s Next?

The property around The Sphere will be a part of the Formula 1 race in November. While the venue’s primary purpose is concerts, the Sphere could also host esports, boxing, or other events.

Locals and visitors alike look forward to the possibilities The Sphere introduces to entertainment in Vegas. With all the fantastic technology and work put into this project, there’s no doubt The Sphere will blow visitors away when it officially opens in September.

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