OK, even by Las Vegas standards where the biggest and the best lasts for, oh, only until the latest towering, bedazzled venue pops up, this is huge. Take it back: this is HUGE.
The story backdrop: James Dolan, chief executive of Madison Square Garden Company, home to the NBA New York Knicks, NHL New York Rangers, and otherwise known as the mecca of arenas, has one-upped even himself with the announcement of a plan to build event spaces and specifically a venue that will engage fans in a way no venue ever has. Consider it the venue of the future, and it was shared by Dolan last Thursday at the world-famous Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
The venue itself will be a mammoth, globe-shaped “sphere” that boasts walls with the capability to display 360-degree images. To be known as the MSG Sphere, the space-age features include 18,000 seats with built-in capabilities for musicians to program their own unique environments. It will be customization as has never been known before and should commence construction later in 2018 with a tentative debut in 2020, according to Dolan.
In an age of high-definition, the Sphere’s own high-def display enables patrons to feel like they are anywhere on the planet. Anywhere.
Dolan said in his comments at Radio City that the project is one he has spent the past two years on. The price tag is still unknown, but for any comparison sake the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas opened in 2016 at a cost of $375 million.
The venture into the music world is not foreign to Dolan, who leads the JD and The Straight Shot band.
“I love this. This is really what I’m about, right?” Dolan said in his NYC remarks. “This is what I want to do.”