Massive Crane Needed to Complete Dome Roof on Venetian’s MSG Sphere Arrives

The Venetian Casino in Las Vegas, Red Construction Crane
A massive 580-foot tall crane, weighing in at nearly 870 tons, has just touched down at the MSG Sphere construction site located at 255 Sands Avenue.

The crane, known officially as the DEMAG CC-8800 Crawler Crane, was shipped in from Belgium. A total of 120 tractor-trailers were needed to deliver the machinery equipment to the Las Vegas site, and required 18 days of assembly.

A spokesperson for The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) says that the crane is needed to put up the steel that will complete the unique dome-shaped roof and exosphere.

Because of its enormous weight, the crane must sit atop a special base since the natural ground is too soft to adequately support it.

MGS says the crane will effectively complete necessary tasks such as carrying heavy loads and more specifically, delivering heavy loads across all sides of the Sphere and down into the venue itself.

Nick Tomasino, vice president of construction for Madison Square Garden, said this in a press release:

“MSG Sphere at The Venetian will be unlike any venue ever created, including its vision for reinventing entertainment – and how its constructed.”

More About MGM Sphere

The MGM Sphere is a joint venture between The Madison Square Garden Company and Las Vegas Sands Corporation. It’s being built adjacent to The Venetian Las Vegas and will be the first sphere-shaped venue of its kind. In total, the project’s estimated cost is between $1.2-$1.7 billion.


Once completed, the MSG Sphere will be 366 feet high and 516 feet wide at its broadest point. For height reference, the Sphere will sit only 34 feet shorter than the Strip’s Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The widest section of the sphere, being called the “equator,” is expected to be completed sometime in 2020.

It’s expected to reach 875,000 square feet, with enough seating available to hold 17,500 people. The entire project is scheduled for completion by 2021.

The MSG Sphere will be accessible through the Las Vegas Monorail, RTC Transit and The Deuce. Plans to build an identical MSG Sphere in Stratford, East London, upon completion of the MSG Sphere Las Vegas, are also underway.

“MSG Sphere is an engineering marvel that will change the face of entertainment right here in Las Vegas,” said Tomasino. “From the venue’s iconic spherical shape, the stage, seating and even the remarkable atrium, it’s easy to see the considerable progress we’ve made this year.”

About the Sphere’s Designer, Populous

Populous, the architecture firm behind Wembley Stadium in England, is a global design firm with clients spanning across four continents. The firm works with communities of all different sizes and uses a range of disciplines to “create experiences that amplify the joy felt in shared human moments.”

To date, they’ve completed more than 3,000 projects, have an accumulated value of $40 billion from their designed spaces, and have over 35 years of experience. From their official website:

“Our unrivalled knowledge, both technical and visionary, sets the stage for the next generation of venues. We create places for people to laugh, to cry, to high five, to celebrate, and to be a part of something bigger than themselves. We design with equal parts data and an understanding of how people come together.”