Phase 1 of the Sphere, an extraordinary next-generation event venue, lit up Las Vegas with a variety of visuals this summer.
The first show opens September 29.
There’s no better place than Las Vegas to debut the eagerly awaited, mind-blowing event venue from Sphere Entertainment Co. that takes creativity, technology and imagination to an entirely new level. The $2.3 billion spherical structure, located just east of The Venetian, is 366 feet tall and 516 feet wide. It has a seating capacity for 17,600 people to be immersed in a visual environment with changing temperatures, cool breezes and what is said to be the highest resolution LED screen on the planet. For an even more immersive experience, 10,000 of the seats have haptic technology that impart tactile sensations for viewers to more fully feel the experience.
The “Exosphere” exterior lit up to great fanfare on July 4 with a dazzling display of varied visual content, starting with a “Hello World” message and transiting through images of fireworks, underwater scenes, lunar surfaces and many more. The Exosphere consists of about 1.2 million LED pucks, spaced eight inches apart. Each puck contains 48 individual LED diodes, with each diode capable of displaying 256 million different colors. It will continue to showcase visual displays in coordination with major Las Vegas events leading up to Sphere’s debut in September with a U2 concert, and will be available for corporate branding.
David Hopkinson, President and Chief Operating Officer of MSG Sports, who oversees global marketing and brand partnerships across Sphere Entertainment, said in a press statement: “Sphere’s Exosphere is a 360-degree canvas for brand storytelling that will be seen around the world, offering our partners an unparalleled opportunity to become part of the greatest show on Earth. There’s nothing comparable to the impact from displaying innovative brand and immersive content on the world’s largest video screen.”
Inside the Sphere: Premium Hospitality Suites Available for Groups
For top-tier groups, planners can book premium hospitality suites inside the Sphere. There are 23 suites located on two different levels, all centered within the venue and with theater style seating. Different size suites accommodate groups of 16, 20, 24 or 32 people. Level 3 suites are located 150 feet from the stage and level 5 suites are 210 feet from the stage. All have private restrooms, personal suite attendants and programmable Internet Protocol Televisions (IPTV’s).
For what promises to be an unforgettable experience, all suites also have haptic seats for the immersive visual production Postcard from Earth that begins October 6. Created, directed and produced by filmmaker Darren Aronofsky exclusively for the Sphere, it features scenes from every continent. “I see Sphere as a great opportunity to pluck people from the bling and thrum of the Vegas strip. . . and immerse them as fully as possible in the wonder, awe, and beauty of the natural world,” said Aronofsky in a statement. “Postcard from Earth is a sci-fi journey deep into our future as our descendants reflect on our shared home.”
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