The £2bn sphere that has hosted U2 and Adele is taking centre stage at Las Vegas Grand Prix
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The £2bn sphere that has hosted U2 and Adele is taking centre stage at Las Vegas Grand Prix

Nov 17, 2023

The £2billion Las Vegas Sphere is set to take centre stage for the first Formula 1 race in Sin City for 41 years.

The 18,600-seat auditorium took five years to build and has unparalleled immersive video and audio capabilities.

The Sphere will feature heavily at the F1 in Las Vegas

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The Sphere will feature heavily at the F1 in Las VegasCredit: Getty

Its exterior also features 580,000 sq ft of LED displays and is a whopping 112m high and 157m wide.

The experience inside the sphere has blown people away with U2 set to play 36 dates between September and February 18.

Adele has even played a number of gigs there with tickets going for as much as £200,000.

Now the F1 has rented the sphere and land around it for use during the Las Vegas Grand Prix.

It has even forced U2 to pause their residency, but it is going to be worth it.

The race will utilise the world’s largest LED screen over the weekend to display branding as well as driver cards featuring all 20 drivers, their cars and helmets.

It has already featured during the amazing opening ceremony to display images of the drivers as they were presented to huge crowds.

Perhaps more impressively it will highlight specific moments during the racing over the weekend, including pole position after qualifying.

F1 have rented the Sphere and the land around it

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F1 have rented the Sphere and the land around itCredit: Getty
The opening ceremony was a fantastic spectacle

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The opening ceremony was a fantastic spectacleCredit: Getty

However, three colours have also reportedly been banned so as not to distract drivers.

No yellow, red or blue will be displayed on the sphere during free practice, qualifying and the race.

Joel Fisher, executive vice president marquee events and operations for MSG Entertainment, said: “This is one of the world’s premier sporting events, and we are ready to showcase Sphere to our global audience via F1 – both in person in Las Vegas and watching around the world – demonstrating the unparalleled technological and creative capabilities of the Exosphere.”

Emily Prazer, Chief Commercial Officer for Las Vegas Grand Prix, added: “Sphere’s Exosphere doesn’t just complement the Las Vegas Strip Circuit, it elevates it to new heights, turning every lap into a mesmerising experience for fans in attendance and watching on TV globally.

The drivers were revealed in Hunger Games style at the opening ceremony

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The drivers were revealed in Hunger Games style at the opening ceremonyCredit: Getty

“Picture real-time pole positions, thrilling podium celebrations, and a dynamic showcase of all 20 drivers and their iconic cars displayed larger-than-life. We are excited to have Sphere at the heart of race weekend.”


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