March 1st, 2018

Opening in 2020 in Las Vegas: CAESARS FORUM & MSG Sphere Arena


Caesars Entertainment Corporation recently announced plans to develop a 550,000 square-foot (51,096 sq mtr) conference center in Las Vegas, named CAESARS FORUM, featuring the two largest pillarless ballrooms in North America.

The cost of the conference center is estimated to be approximately $375 million and will help meet the increasing demand for group business meetings of all sizes. When completed, it will feature 300,000 square feet (27,870 sq mtr) of flexible meeting space, equivalent to over five football fields, and will be located east of the Las Vegas Strip with bridge connections to Harrah's, LINQ and the LINQ Promenade.

Scheduled to officially open in 2020, Caesars expects to break ground on CAESARS FORUM early in the second quarter of 2018. CAESARS FORUM will offer:

  • 300,000 square-feet (27,870 sq mtr) of flexible meeting space, including two 108,000 square-foot (10,033 sq mtr) ballrooms, two 40,000 square-foot (3,716 sq mtr) ballrooms and state-of-the-art boardrooms
  • Conference space accommodating more than 10,000 attendees
  • A 100,000 square-foot (9,290 sq mtr) outdoor plaza, which can be used as flexible space ideal for an opening cocktail reception, wellness breaks, or serving breakfast, lunch, or dinner
  • Direct access to the LINQ Promenade, Harrah's Las Vegas, The LINQ Hotel, and Flamingo Las Vegas hotels, totaling over 8,500 hotel rooms
  • The latest in technology and design


MSG Sphere Arena

A new arena just off the Las Vegas Strip will be a 360-foot-tall sphere with seating for more than 18,000 people for concerts, awards shows and other entertainment events. Madison Square Garden officials describe the MSG Sphere Arena as a “revolutionary” new live entertainment venue that will plop a massive spherical arena onto the Vegas Strip in 2020.

It will be equipped with technologies for the ultimate audio-visual experience for concerts, sports events and tradeshows. The arena will offer Internet access at each seat and will employ a new concept in live audio delivery called “beamforming audio,” which aims sound directly at each seat, rather than traditional methods that use massive speaker arrays that amplify sound.

MSG is slated to break ground in the second half of 2018 and the facility will be built on a 63-acre lot east of the Sands Expo Center. The Venetian, and the Palazzo, will be connected to the convention center by a pedestrian bridge.

The 400,000-square-foot (37,161 sq mtr) facility will be built on an open-air storage lot at Sands Avenue between Koval Lane and Manhattan Street.

The arena will not house any pro-sports teams, but it is expected to host boxing or other competitive fights periodically. The primary focus will be concerts and live entertainment, but it also is designed to accommodate conventions.