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First look at Populous’s giant sphere arena for east London

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Populous has released the first visualisations of its giant spherical arena planned for East London

The globe-shaped structure will be a 18,000-capacity music and entertainment venue for MSG Ventures, the firm behind New York’s Madison Square Garden arena.

MSG has already purchased a 2ha site in Stratford near the Olympic Park for its London Sphere, its first international venue, and a sister arena in Las Vegas is also in the pipeline.

The visualisations reveal that the venue’s exterior will be covered with programmable digital screens to showcase artistes and brands.

MSG said its interior will boast the ‘largest and highest-resolution media display on Earth’ as well ‘crystal-clear acoustics’.

In a press statement the company said: ’Through the most advanced cutting-edge technologies, MSG will create powerful, immersive, multi-sensory environments that will transport audiences and change the nature of live events.’

Further details of the design are to be announced in the coming months and the company hopes to submit a planning application by the end of 2018

The visualisations were unveiled at an event at the Copper Box Arena in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

MSG’s executive chairman and CEO James L Dolan said: ‘London is one of the world’s greatest cities and we are delighted to be taking this first step towards making it the location for MSG’s first international venue.’

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  • Phil Parker

    What is this thing?

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  • What indeed - 'this thing' looks as if it should be sited well away from any human habitation, to avoid the risk of its exterior displays making life hell for the local population.
    It's pure coincidence, of course, that MSG is better known as the acronym for monosodium glutamate, commonly used to make tasteless food more edible.

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