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Spherical distraction

19 May 2020

THE PLAN by New York’s Madison Square Garden Entertainment (MSGE)  to build a rival arena to London’s The O2 (cap. 21,000) has met with resistance from train line operator MTR Elizabeth Line.

The 21,500-capacity MSG Sphere, just three miles from The O2 in East London, will be MSGE’s first venue outside the US, where it owns New York’s Madison Square Garden (20,789), Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden (5,600), Radio City Music Hall (6,015) and Beacon Theater (2,894).

The objection has been lodged due to concerns that lighting on the exterior of the 90-metre-tall Sphere would distract drivers on its Crossrail service and propose a “significant safety risks to the operation of the railway” in the area.

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