The Sphere is an amazing building in Las Vegas that looks like a huge snow globe with advanced technology. It is the biggest spherical structure in the world and has the largest LED display on its outside. Recently, it was lit up for the first time with a “Hello World” message.
The Sphere is tall, reaching 366 feet (111 meters), and wide, measuring 516 feet (157 meters). It’s even bigger than the Avicii Arena in Sweden. The construction cost about US$2.3 billion, and its LED exterior covers an area of 580,000 square feet (almost 54,000 square meters).
The LED display is made up of around 1.2 million LED pucks, with each puck having 48 LEDs. The exterior can show impressive images thanks to its programmable nature.
Inside, the Sphere can accommodate 17,600 people in seats, or 20,000 if you include standing spaces. It will be used for large concerts, as well as boxing and mixed martial arts events. The inside design hasn’t been revealed yet, except for computer-generated images.
The main venue will have a big curved screen, not to be confused with the LED display outside. This screen has a resolution of 16K x 16K and will be placed on the ceiling, curving over and around the audience to create an immersive experience.
Around 10,000 seats will have 4D technology, including a haptic system and special effects to make the audience feel things like a breeze, temperature changes, and even smells. A unique camera system has been developed to capture content for these immersive experiences. It can capture imagery at a high speed of 120 frames per second in an 18K square format.
“As part of a special show to celebrate the Fourth of July, for the first time ever, Sphere’s 580,000 square foot fully-programmable LED exterior – the largest LED screen on Earth – was completely illuminated,” explained the Sphere’s press release. “The show started with a welcome – ‘Hello World’ – and was followed by dazzling fireworks and stars and stripes animations, before transitioning through a wide array of visual content, from vibrant underwater scenes to performances to vividly-textured lunar surfaces, putting on full display the versatility of this unparalleled canvas.” The company hasn’t posted any videos to YouTube yet, but there are a few on Instagram should you wish to see some of the action for yourself.
The Sphere is now finished and will open in September with a series of concerts by the band U2. There is a similar project planned for London, UK, but there are concerns about light pollution, so its future is uncertain due to government involvement.