First Images Revealed Of London’s Proposed ‘Crystal Ball’ Arena

A look into London’s future reveals this stunning new event space.

Recently, we told you about plans to bring a new arena to London. Quickly dubbed ‘The Golf Ball’ – because apparently no building gets planning permission in London without a stupidly obvious nickname – it looked like an oddball addition to east London. Today, the group behind the project released new images, and things are starting to look clearer. Crystal clear, in fact.

[Madison Square Garden, via the Evening Standard]
Yep, the new arena’s updated has resulted in a new nickname: ‘The Crystal Ball’. Its real name is the far less snappy MSG Sphere, named after the Madison Square Garden group that commissioned it. If approved, the sphere is set to roll into Stratford, inside the Olympic Park. MSG are actually building an identical pair of balls: London will be the second, as their Las Vegas ball will drop first.

The interior will feature state-of-the-art lighting and sound capabilities. [Madison Square Garden, via the Evening Standard]
All jokes aside, this venue is set to have some seriously cool features. A revolutionary sound system designed by German outfit Holoplot promises that every audience member will experience the same audio quality, regardless of where they’re sat. Meanwhile, the spherical design will allow images to be beamed onto all 360 degrees of the arena, as well as outside. No one has explained how that stops people watching events for free, but presumably the ball’s masters will find a way to handle it. Throw in high speed internet for every seat, and the rumoured 23,000 capacity arena will be fully equipped for an experience quite like no other.

[Madison Square Garden via the Evening Standard]
This is all hypothetical right now, as MSG haven’t actually applied for planning permission. They’re hoping to do it by the end of the year, and if it’s approved, building the Crystal Ball would take three years. Just remember: if everything works out, you shall go to the ball!

Featured image: Madison Square Garden via the Evening Standard