Most of the vacations are for adventurers and thrilling experiences. Some places automatically drag your mind and heart at ease. There are places you may wish to visit again, like Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon of the United States, or the Azores of Portugal; places of inspiration are joy forever.
Let me introduce the series of my travelogue branded as TRAVELJOYS with the newest attraction at Las Vegas, the SinCity of the world.
It’s a wonder of technology and is being built in Las Vegas, called MSG Sphere, at least for the moment. Las Vegas has been known for years for its famous lights, but the skyline has changed forever. People cannot stop talking about the futuristic MSG Sphere which lit up Sin City for the first time on the 4th of July.
It squats on the Las Vegas skyline like an enormous spaceship, black and mysterious – until night falls, when it will glow like the Earth from space.” Reports CNN.
What is so astounding inside this sphere? The globe reportedly seats 18,000 people, featuring towering wraparound LED screens and 160,000 speakers to make everyone feel like they have the best seat in the house. The venue will also have vibrating chairs to match whatever is happening on screen.
A pedestrian walkway to the Venetian resort complex will connect the globe to the strip.
Some fun facts about MSG Sphere are as follows:
- – The Sphere is now 366 feet tall and 516 feet wide at its widest point.
- – The fourth largest global crawler crane, the DEMAG CC-8800, was used to build the Sphere. The crane took 18 days to assemble.
- – The globe is embedded with the latest and highest resolution screen in the world with 19,000 by 13,500 pixels. That means they are 100 times clearer than today’s best HD TVs. The screen has an area larger than three football fields.
- – The outside of the Sphere has about 600,000 square feet of programmable lighting screens.
- – The venue will use an acoustic system utilizing “beamforming” technology with 160,000 ultra-directional speakers.
- – The Sphere will also feature an infrasound haptic system enabling audiences to feel the sound.
- – The venue also has haptic seats that can vibrate to match whatever is happening onscreen – an earthquake, for example – and 4D machines that can create wind, temperature, and even scent effects.
- – The Sphere’s dome alone weighs 13,000 tons.
- – The ginormous venue, which boasts 18,000 seats is entirely covered by LED screens which light up the Vegas strip in a way never seen before.
Seriously, it’s hard to believe this is real. The Sphere can fit in the entire Statue of Liberty inside the globe.
The MSG Sphere is scheduled to open for the public on 29 September with “U2:UV Achtung Baby Live at Sphere,” a series of 25 concerts built around the Irish band’s landmark 1991 album “Achtung Baby” and running through mid-December. It also will host exclusive screenings of “Postcard From Earth,” a film by Darren Aronofsky that promises to take full advantage of Sphere’s vast screen by offering viewers an eye-popping tour of the planet. The Sphere was fully illuminated for the first time Tuesday night to celebrate the Fourth of July. I anticipate some World Records will be broken at this marvelous MSG Sphere.