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ENTERTAINMENT | Jul 17

Las Vegas’s $2.3 billion Sphere Is Wild

The Sphere is out of this world and a second one is already in the works.

Las Vegas’s $2.3 billion Sphere Is Wild
Sphere lights up for the first time | Greg Doherty/Getty Images/AFP

To us it looks more like a hazard than an attraction…

Aside from losing money while playing at the casinos, here’s another reason why you should stay away from Las Vegas: their new GIANT sphere-shaped video screen.

This building was built for immersive experiences in cinema and performance…

Senior VP of brand strategy and creative development at MSG Sphere, Guy Barnett, described it to entertainment news outlets as a “living architecture.”

At 366 feet tall and 516 feet wide, it is considered the world’s largest spherical structure. The Sphere, which was built to host concerts and other entertainment events, has the capacity to host tens of thousands of people and cost over $2 billion to construct.

People have been going nuts on social media over what has already been displayed on it since its 4th of July debut.

It sits on Wynn Golf Club, which is one of the most expensive courses to play in the country.

Golfers had to look at a fake, yet real-looking eyeball for 19 holes. That’s got to be quite awkward.

When it first lit up, it had a “Hello World” message on it, which came off as ominous.

At least Vegas will be the first to know when the world ends if it ever lights up to say, “Goodbye World” on it.

Of course, the NBA had to put it to use as a marketing tactic, It lit up as a basketball ahead of July’s Summer League in Vegas.

Despite a basketball being displayed on it, sports will not be played at the Sphere, making it a one-of-a-kind for entertainment and film, which artists appreciate. According to entertainment rumors, artists are lining up to perform at the venue.

“Most music venues are sports venues. They’re built for sports—they’re not built for music. They’re not built for art,” U2’s Bono said in an Apple Music interview. “This building was built for immersive experiences in cinema and performance…you can’t come here and see an ice hockey game.”

While it’s a bit too big and definitely creepy, The Sphere is at least a much cooler attraction to see than The Bean in Chicago, but it may be more of a distraction to drivers than texting. The MSG Sphere will officially open to the public on September 29 with a U2 concert.

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