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AEG reiterates opposition to MSG Sphere project

AEG, operator of The O2 in London, has reiterated its opposition to the MSG Sphere arena project in the English capital ahead of a planning committee meeting next week.

MSG Entertainment, which operates the iconic Madison Square Garden arena in New York, is planning on building a new venue in London. A planning application for the project was first submitted to the London Legacy Development Corporation in March 2019.

MSG Sphere would be located in Stratford, East London, and would have a scalable capacity of up to 17,500 seated, or 21,500 when there is a mix of seated and standing. The latter, in theory, would be greater than the official capacity of The O2.

In November 2020, AEG called for the planning application for the MSG Sphere project to be withdrawn and resubmitted due to “significant concerns”. It came after amended plans for the project were entered, with MSG Entertainment stating at the time that all relevant risks had been identified and appropriate mitigations and controls proposed.

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