Relix 44: MSG Sphere Las Vegas

Dean Budnick on October 14, 2018
Relix 44: MSG Sphere Las Vegas

artist rendering courtesy of Madison Square Garden


Welcome to the Relix 44. To commemorate the past 44 years of our existence, we’ve created a list of people, places and things that inspire us today, appearing in our September 2018 issue and rolling out on throughout this fall. See all the articles posted so far here.


Round Trip: MSG Sphere Las Vegas

While The Caverns is a performance space created inside a dazzling natural formation, we’re equally excited about a future venue that will offer another form of spectacle. The MSG Sphere Las Vegas will be over 360-feet high and 500-feet wide. The one-of-a-kind facility, which—in its largest configuration—will be able to seat over 18,000 concertgoers, will incorporate a dynamically adaptive acoustic system that pledges to utilize “a variety of technologies, including beam-forming, enabling audio to be directed to specific locations in the bowl at a near constant volume from point of origin to destination.” The facility also will include a haptic flooring system, allowing audiences to feel the bass and fully experience any given show. The MSG Sphere Las Vegas also will offer a feast for the eyes by incorporating the largest and highest-resolution LED screen on Earth: a 170,000-square-foot display. We’re ready to clear our schedules in anticipation of the projected opening (somewhere between July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021) and here’s hoping for a performance slate that will include one of our favorite bands that has been able to attain new creative heights in the current MSG.


This article originally appears in the September 2018 issue of Relix. For more features, interviews, album reviews and more, subscribe here