“We’ll have announcements about artists and tickets for sale, soon.” — MSG Sphere CEO Lucas Watson.
The game-changing Las Vegas venue MSG Sphere is inching closer to completion with the space featuring the world’s first 16K LED screen and immersive sound with 164,300 channels slated to open in the second half of 2023. MSG Sphere CEO Lucas Watson gave a presentation and spoke about the venue on Monday at the Preview Las Vegas conference.
A Las Vegas Review-Journal report indicates Watson revealed MSG Sphere will host between four and six residency headliners each year. “We’ll have announcements about artists and tickets for sale, soon,” Watson told the publication.
“Each artist will play roughly 10 to 12 shows, depending on their availability and scheduling,” Watson added. “But that’s the rough order of magnitude.” The executive would not address reports and sly teases by Bono that U2 will be the first band to play MSG Sphere. Another bit of info pulled from the Preview Las Vegas presentation at the Las Vegas Convention Center’s West Hall is that the capacity for the $2.18 billion structure has been expanded to 18,600 from the previously announced number of 17,500.
MSG Sphere at The Venetian was originally slated to open in 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic led to disruption in the project’s supply chain forcing construction to stop for a period in 2020. Madison Square Garden Entertainment is eyeing East London and other locations around the globe for additional Sphere venues.