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Sphere-Shaped Las Vegas Stadium Project From MSG, Sands Eyes 2020 Opening

Clark County Moves Project Ahead After Hearing Wednesday

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A state-of-the-art, sphere-shaped arena is coming to Las Vegas.

In January, Las Vegas Sands said that construction of a new music and entertainment arena is on track to begin this summer. The project features a partnership with the Madison Square Garden Company.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas officials on Wednesday gave the 18,000-seat MSG Sphere Las Vegas a sign-off on preliminary development plans. The project reportedly needs a review from the Federal Aviation Administration because of the planned height of the arena. It will stand 360-feet tall.

MSG Sphere, which will sit east of the Sands Expo Center and the casino operator’s flagship casinos, is eyeing a 2020 opening, pending all the necessary approvals.

“Hats off to the Sands for having the vision of bringing something so iconic and historic (to Southern Nevada),” Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly said, per the report. “I think the boroughs in New York are going to be a little jealous here.”

Sands and Madison Square Garden announced the project in May 2016. Other groups involved include Azoff MSG Entertainment, Live Nation Entertainment and the Oak View Group.

“A world-class performance venue with direct connectivity to our Venetian and Palazzo resorts will undoubtedly be positive for our business in Las Vegas, but it is also exactly the type of investment that is important to the long-term interests of Las Vegas as a leading international tourist destination,” Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson said at the time the project was announced.