New plans for what is set to be the UK’s largest live music arena have been revealed by The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG).
Initially launched in February 2018, planning documents having now been submitted that reveal that the MSG Sphere will be able to seat 17,566 people or hold 21,500 both seated and standing. The new venue will be 120 metres-wide and 90 metres-high, and will be covered in LED panels which MSG believe will be clearly visible from 150 metres away.
It’s projected that MSG Sphere would support up to 4,300 jobs each year during the venue’s three-year build – as well as supporting up to 3,200 jobs each year once the venue opens, generating £2.7 billion for the UK economy.
The proposed MSG Sphere site has a Public Transport Accessibility Level (PTAL) of 6b – the highest level – which means the site has excellent access to multiple modes of public transportation. To help ease congestion to and from the venue, MSG’s plans include primarily scheduling events to run at different times to peak rush hours, as well as a significant investment in improvements at Stratford station and local infrastructure.
MSG has stressed that it is not using any public funding for this project. The planning application for the MSG Sphere has been validated by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and a public information event is being held at Westfield Stratford City shopping centre from March 27-30, where visitors can learn more about the plans and provide feedback to the LLDC.
More information on the venue, and the full planning application can be found here.