Posted: July 22, 2022, 10:40 AM.
Last updated on: July 22, 2022, 11:07 AM.
Madison Square Garden (MSG) Entertainment has found the opening band they were looking for. According to Billboard magazine, a U2 concert sometime next year will christen the MSG Sphere in Las Vegas.
The Irish hitmakers will put on multiple shows at the $1.8 billion arena, which is currently under construction near the Venetian Resort. (Billboard referred to the U2 bookings as a residency, but that’s a bit long given that the concerts are performed on non-consecutive evenings over several months.)
U2 last performed together in February in Manchester, England. (Image: Prodip Guha/Getty Images)
The MSG Sphere can accommodate 17,500 seated or 20,000 standing spectators and will feature 160,000 square feet of immersive video, state-of-the-art audio and, thanks to programmable LEDs, a constantly changing exterior appearance. It will connect to the Venetian via a 1,000-foot pedestrian bridge.
Passed halfway through, the construction of what it calls “the largest spherical structure ever made” is a sixth-level concrete ring beam 490 feet wide and 113 feet above the ground.
In 2018, MSG Entertainment announced that the MSG Sphere would open in 2021. Like everything else, that timetable was delayed by COVID. The current plan is to open the venue in time to compete in the FIA Formula One World Championship, which debuts in Las Vegas in November 2023.
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