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The Las Vegas Sphere is incredible… but please don’t let them build one in front of my home

An enormous, glowing, orb-shaped music venue that’s taller than St Paul’s Cathedral could soon land right on my doorstep, says east London resident Andrew Nix. But that’s not the only reason it shouldn’t go ahead

Saturday 14 October 2023 17:43 BST
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Stratford resident Andrew Nix, with his dog, Vader: a ‘hulking, floodlit’ MSG Sphere music venue could be sited 50 metres from his balcony
Stratford resident Andrew Nix, with his dog, Vader: a ‘hulking, floodlit’ MSG Sphere music venue could be sited 50 metres from his balcony (Andrew Nix)

Right now, I’m looking out of my living room window at a triangle of empty land in Stratford, east London. It’s been fenced off ever since it was last used, as a coach park during the 2012 Olympic Games.

Now, it has been earmarked for a giant, state-of-the-art music arena shaped like an illuminated crystal ball whose exterior is the world’s highest-resolution wraparound LED screen.

Building it here would be a disaster.

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