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Monorail station planned for MSG Sphere arena in Las Vegas

The MSG Sphere at The Venetian arena project is set to be home to one of two new planned monorail stations.

Plans submitted to Clark County call for an 11,119 square-foot station, with platforms on the north and south sides of the existing Las Vegas Monorail Co. guideway.

MSG Sphere monorail

The station will be 60 feet tall and located off Sands Avenue approximately 200 feet east of Koval Lane, on the northwest corner of the planned 18,000-seat arena’s almost 19-acre site.

The MSG Sphere station will connect with a previously approved 1,100-foot long pedestrian bridge between the Sands Convention Center and the MSG Sphere. Developers of the MSG Sphere — Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Madison Square Garden Co. — broke ground on the project in September and expect to complete construction in the 2021 fiscal year.

Plans call for the station to be constructed of painted steel, metal panels, metal guardrails, glass doors, and a standing seam metal roofing. Concrete columns will be constructed in the median and on the south side of Sands Avenue to support the station.

Construction of the MSG Sphere station is expected to take about nine months to complete, according to Ingrid Reisman, The Monorail Co. spokesperson. Reisman didn’t provide a specific timeline for the project and declined to comment on the price of the station.

A planned station and extension set to run from the MGM Grand to Mandalay Bay is aimed at transporting fans to and from events at the $1.8 billion, 65,000-seat Las Vegas stadium, which is under construction just across Interstate 15. The projected cost of the project, including station and new track construction, is $23.6 million, according to construction permits submitted to the county earlier this year.

Construction of the station and guideway extension is expected to take 18 months, plans show.

With the addition of the MSG Sphere and Mandalay Bay monorail stations, the system would be 5 miles long, with nine stops, directly connected to 42,000 hotel rooms, three event arenas, hundreds of dining, retail, gaming and entertainment venues as well as both the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Las Vegas Convention Center and Mandalay Bay Convention Center — three of the 10 largest convention facilities by size in the United States.

The two planned stations are to be constructed simultaneously, Reisman said. The land use entitlements for the station on Sands Avenue must first be secured, which could occur as early as the Dec. 5 county commission meeting.

The Review-Journal is owned by the family of Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson.

Contact Mick Akers at makers@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2920. Follow @mickakers on Twitter.

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