Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018|3:30 p.m.
A prepared spherical home entertainment arena just off the Strip got the consent today to make use of garages at close-by casinos to satisfy the majority of its parking requirement.
Clark County commissioners authorized zoning and land usage permits at today’s Zoning Commission meeting for the 18,000-seat Madison Square Garden Sphere Las Vegas on 63 acres behind the Venetian and Palazzo.
The board voted to let designer Madison Square Garden Co. and partner Las Vegas Sands Corp. cover parking with 12,101 existing areas at the Venetian, Palazzo and Sands Exposition Center garages, together with 304 spaces prepared at the arena. Developers said there will be sufficient parking at the garages, even when there is an occasion at the new arena.
Plans require a confined pedestrian bridge linking the arena and the Sands properties.
MSG Sphere Las Vegas will host concerts, awards shows and other home entertainment events. It’s not designed for sporting occasions but might accommodate boxing and blended martial arts matches, authorities said.
Building and construction is expected to start later this year, with an opening date in late 2020.
Since of the sphere’s 360-foot height and its distance to McCarran International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration also must authorize the task.