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This Week in Gambling: MSG Sphere & Las Vegas Grand Prix

11 Jan 2023

J. Todd looks at when we can expect the MSG Sphere Las Vegas to open and more importantly which music group will christen the stage. He also some updates on the Las Vegas Grand Prix, which will be held later this year on Las Vegas Boulevard. Lastly, J. Todd provides the inside scoop on renovation work at Circus Circus Hotel Casino as well as New York-New York Hotel & Casino.

MSG Sphere Las Vegas
The legendary band U2 is scheduled to perform the very first concert at the MSG Sphere Las Vegas at The Venetian Las Vegas. And while there is no specific date as of yet, the venue is expected to open sometime toward the end of this year. The opening had been originally slated for 2021. However, the delays associated with the pandemic, as well as additional “cost-saving measures” have pushed that date back repeatedly. The construction of the MSG Sphere was first announced in early 2018, and construction began in September of that year. When completed, the MSG Sphere Las Vegas will be a $1.8 billion arena and the largest spherical structure ever constructed.

When configured for concerts, it should be able to accommodate 20,000 standing guests or over 17,000 seated guests. There will also be an additional 23 VIP suites available. The inside of the Sphere is essentially a 160,000-square foot, high definition video screen, dubbed as an “immersive display.” Outside, it will light up the Las Vegas skyline with fully programmable LED technology, allowing it to alter its look for specific events. U2 will actually have a residency at the MSG Sphere Las Vegas, which will extend over several months of 2023.

Las Vegas Grand Prix
So, you want to watch the Las Vegas Grand Prix in person? Well, you better be ready to fork over nearly $3,000 per person. And that doesn’t include your airfare, taxi rides or food. But what an experience it will be to watch the cars zip past you at over 200 miles an hour on The Strip. To be completely fair, the hefty price tag does include a three-day Race Ticket, along with a three-night Premium Stay at a nice resort. The package also includes an unlimited supply of food and beverages while you’re at the track. There will be two grandstand locations for the Las Vegas Grand Prix, the first of which is near the pit stop near East Harmon and the second at the Bellagio.

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