Irish rock band U2 launched their 25-show residency at the brand new 18,600-capacity Sphere in Las Vegas over the weekend, showcasing the inside of the spectacular new venue for the first time.
While the exterior was lit up for the first time earlier this year to celebrate the 4th of July holiday in the US, fans were able to witness the magic of the $2.3bn (€2.7bn/$2.8bn) venue, which included floor-to-ceiling graphics.
The 580,000-square foot exterior Exosphere of the venue consists of roughly 1.2 million LED pucks, spaced eight inches apart. Each puck houses 48 individual LED diodes, with each diode capable of displaying 256 million different colours. It is also the largest LED screen on earth.
Huge graphics filled the arena from the floor to the ceiling, creating an immersive experience for fans in attendance. “What a fancy pad,” was the verdict from U2 frontman Bono, with the opening event attended by a string of A-list stars including Paul McCartney, LeBron James and Matt Damon.
— Sphere (@SphereVegas) October 1, 2023
Night 1 ✔️ pic.twitter.com/Vlu1pFAjSQ
— Sphere (@SphereVegas) September 30, 2023
This is inside the Sphere in Las Vegas.
This may be the most insane concert venue ever built pic.twitter.com/We3pcO3lEX
— Alex Cohen (@anothercohen) September 30, 2023
U2’s ‘UV Achtung Baby Live at Sphere’ residency was first announced at the Super Bowl earlier this year. The run of shows will take place until December 16, with tickets for Thursday’s show available from $501 at the time of writing.
The arena is operated by Sphere Entertainment Company, formerly known as Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp, and is located at The Venetian Resort.