Welcome to the concert venue of the future.
If the Madison Square Garden Company’s new venue concept seems straight out of a sci-fi storyline, that’s at least partly because it is.
Dubbed MSG Spheres, the ambitious new designs — which are being constructed in Las Vegas and London — are inspired by the “intelligent venue” described by Ray Bradbury in his 1951 short story, The Veldt.
Unveiled to an exclusive crowd of music executives in New York City on February 8, the domes will feature “haptic floors” that will make seats vibrate with bass notes; an adaptive sound system that can be optimized for each individual member of the audience; and what MSG claims to be the largest, highest-definition screen on Earth — ideal for immersive projections.
In Las Vegas, the concert sphere will be located just off the Strip, behind The Venetian hotel and casino. It will have a staggering capacity of 23,000 (with 18,000 seats and an addition 5,000 standing spaces). And in London, the venue will be spread across five acres of land near Olympic Park in Stratford.
The Las Vegas venue is expected to be make its debut in 2020, whereas the London location's opening date is yet to be confirmed.