London Mayor Vetoes Plans for City’s Own MSG Sphere

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London mayor Sadiq Khan has shot down plans for a local venue identical to Las Vegas’ new MSG Sphere, The Standard reports.

After Madison Square Garden Entertainment opened the doors to their $2.3 billion sphere in September, the company was keen on making Stratford, London the next location for one of its ultra-futuristic, high-tech domes. But Khan rejected the proposal, reportedly citing the potential light pollution, whopping electricity bills, and threat to local historical sites.

“London is open to investment from around the world and Sadiq wants to see more world-class, ambitious, innovative entertainment venues in our city,” a representative told The Standard. “But as part of looking at the planning application for the MSG Sphere, the Mayor has seen independent evidence that shows the current proposals would result in an unacceptable negative impact on local residents.”

This alone doesn’t necessarily mean a London Sphere is completely off the table, as its application is currently in the hands of Communities Secretary Michael Gove for a final ruling. But it looks like MSG Entertainment is already moving on, adding in their own statement: “While we are disappointed in London’s decision, there are many forward-thinking cities that are eager to bring this technology to their communities. We will concentrate on those.”

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Hanam, South Korea is among one of the notable cities whose leaders have greenlit development plans for their own MSG Sphere. Back in the states, the Las Vegas Sphere is currently looking for its next artist to host a residency there, with Beyoncé reportedly among the main contenders. But that’ll come after U2 wrap up their  “U2:UV Achtung Baby” residency, which runs through this coming February. Grab tickets to remaining shows here.

London Mayor Vetoes Plans for City’s Own MSG Sphere
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