The Future. Billionaire scion James Dolan’s Sphere at the Venetian (full name thanks to a land bridge that’ll connect the arena to the resort) is preparing for one of the buzziest debuts in recent live event history. The project, which ballooned to $2.3 billion due to COVID cost overruns, has a lot riding on it for parent company Sphere Entertainment Co., but it already has the makings of a Vegas success story. Still, expanding the eye-popping concept to new destinations may prove harder than imagined.
Havin’ a ball
Here’s an eye-opener on what to expect from The Sphere, per Bloomberg.
- The arena. The 4D venue has 17,500 seats made to mimic human skin (to not mess up sound quality), an interior plastered with “the highest-resolution LED screens on Earth,” and high-def sound that can allegedly pick up even the most nuanced sounds.
- The tech. A new camera system, dubbed “Big Sky,” was developed to capture images for the array of big screen, while a proprietary algorithm ensures everyone will be able to hear musicians the same way, no matter where they are in the arena.
- The entertainment. Sphere will host high-profile residencies, starting with U2 (who were paid handsomely) on September 29th, while the first film made for the arena, Darren Aronofsky’s Postcard From Earth, will premiere on October 6th.
- The exterior. The arena’s “exosphere” has already become a conversation starter thanks to its wild projections (eyeballs, jack o’ lanterns, etc.). Brands can also book ad space for $650,000 per week.
So, will Dolan pull off his ambitious dream project? According to Arena Digest’s Kevin Reichard, who’s had a preview, “It’s just so far advanced in terms of capabilities, I don’t have any baseline comparison.”
We look forward to getting a peek.