U2 will be the first group to perform at the MSG Sphere at The Venetian in Las Vegas when the $1.8 billion arena opens next year, multiple sources say billboard.
The performances mark the first dates of a multi-show residency for the band at the high-tech arena being built by the chairman of Madison Square Garden Entertainment James Dolan near the Venetian on the Las Vegas Strip.
MSGE officials are describing the MSG Sphere at The Venetian as the next generation in live entertainment, offering fans a multi-sensory experience of sound and light in the largest spherical structure ever created. For concerts, the MSG Sphere at The Venetian can accommodate 20,000 standing spectators or 17,500 seated guests with 23 VIP suites.
The Sphere will include 160,000 square feet of video viewing space (Sphere officials describe the technology as “immersive interior display”), state-of-the-art spatial audio, and an exterior exosphere that changes the building’s appearance through fully programmable LED technology. It will be connected to the Venetian Resort by a pedestrian bridge about 1,000 feet long.
U2’s concerts at the venue will be part of a residency spanning several months and performed on non-consecutive days. U2 is the second-highest-grossing touring band of all time, behind the Rolling Stones, according to Billboard Boxscore, with $2.22 billion in revenue and 28.3 million tickets sold.
MSG Entertainment officials declined to comment on the story. U2 management has not responded to requests for comment on this story.
In December, Madison Square Garden Entertainment announced it was taking over construction of the state-of-the-art venue, which was first announced in February 2018. The news meant that the general contractor AECOM would be moving to a supporting role under a new service contract.
The announcement included the news that “significant progress” had been made in the construction of the venue, noting that with the completion of its sixth-level concrete ring beam, which is 490 feet wide and 113 feet above the ground, the structure completed its has reached its widest point.
MSG Entertainment previously announced in its August 2021 earnings report that the opening of MSG Sphere at The Venetian has been postponed from 2021 to sometime in 2023 – a cost-saving measure necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. MSG plans to open the MSG Sphere at The Venetian in time for attending the FIA Formula One World Championship in Nevada in November 2023.
A second MSG Sphere is being planned in London and has been given the green light by local officials to begin construction in March.