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3 November 2016

Madison Square Garden Company Selects HOK to Design New Concert Venue in Las Vegas

The state-of-the-art facility will be the world’s largest venue built specifically for live music and entertainment.

VegasStripWikicommonsThe Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) announced today that it has added two partners to the team bringing a groundbreaking, next-generation venue to Las Vegas. ICON Venue Group (ICON) has been named owner’s representative and project manager, and HOK has been named lead design consultant and architect of record. HOK will collaborate with MSG to provide architectural and interior design services and will be responsible for coordinating all engineering disciplines.

Located on Sands Avenue between Manhattan Street and Koval Lane, the new Las Vegas venue will feature a scalable seating capacity, enabling it to present a wide variety of shows—from the largest touring concerts to specially designed residencies and full-blown productions and events. In addition to superior acoustics, use of state-of-the-art technology throughout the building will help create a venue capable of delivering new and innovative experiences for artists and fans. The venue will reinvent the VIP experience with luxurious seating options and exclusive clubs and lounges, while providing first-class amenities in deluxe, dedicated areas specifically designed to elevate the artist experience.

“We are making important progress on our plans to expand MSG’s portfolio of celebrated venues and create a world-class, music and entertainment destination in Las Vegas,” said David O’Connor, president and CEO of the Madison Square Garden Company. “Our esteemed new partners, ICON and HOK, have each established reputations for spearheading bold, game-changing projects that set new standards for innovation and excellence. We look forward to working with them and our other valued partners to deliver a truly groundbreaking experience in Las Vegas—one that will ultimately redefine the large-scale live music and entertainment landscape and set a new benchmark for both artists and fans.”

“HOK thrives when collaborating with a progressive client like MSG, which is willing to challenge the status quo,” said George Heinlein, a regional leader of HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to create an innovative design that brings to life MSG’s vision for a new kind of venue that will transform the entertainment industry.”

“It’s an honor to work with MSG to help bring their vision of creating a world-class entertainment venue to one of the most vibrant cities in the world,” added Tim Romani, CEO of ICON. “We look forward to combining the creativity of MSG with the talent of HOK to deliver an extraordinary live performance environment.”

HOK previously worked with ICON on Rogers Place, the new home venue for the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers that opened in September.

Other project team members include entertainment industry leaders Las Vegas Sands, Azoff MSG Entertainment, Live Nation and Oak View Group.

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