While on a recent trip to Las Vegas, I was able to catch more than a glimpse of the new and spectacular Sphere.
Although I did not go inside the Sphere or even see it up close, I had an amazing view of it from my hotel room in Harrah’s – and it was quite mesmerizing to see day or night!
How big is the Sphere?
Officially opening in late September 2023 at a cost of $2.3. billion, the Sphere stands 366 feet tall and 516 feet wide, making it the world’s largest sphere-shaped building. To put this in perspective, the Sphere is taller than the Statue of Liberty, but shorter than the Space Needle.
What’s inside the Sphere?
Located just off the Las Vegas strip, the Sphere is a massive, futurist entertainment venue on the inside where audiences can engage in fully immersive experiences, special events and live concerts (including U2) and shows. The Sphere boasts a state of the art sound system, providing audiences of up to 20,000 people with a personalized listening experience whether sitting in the first or back row.
Visually, the Sphere is home to the largest and highest-resolution media display on Earth. The screen wraps up and around the audience with more than 160,000 square feet of screen and has a resolution 100 times better than your home television.
What about the outside?
Even those who don’t spring for an official show ticket (like me!) will still be thrilled by the show that anyone can see on the outside. The Sphere’s exterior – the exosphere – is essentially a giant programmable video screen that can be seen from miles away. The high-tech design allows the exosphere to appear as if it’s in constant motion, continuously changing the images it displays, never sleeping. One minute it looks like a big red swirling ball like the plant Mars, the next minute it could be a giant cat playing with a ray of light, or even a human eyeball. And if that’s not crazy enough, it also has a “see-through” mode making it appear invisible!
Even if you’re not a big fan of Vegas, it’s hard not to be impressed by the Sphere and how this city in the desert keeps outdoing itself with the next biggest and best thing.
Ciao and Happy Travels everyone!