Thursday, November 9, 2023

VIVA LAS VEGAS ........

 


I have been to Vegas many times ........well 3 to be exact .....i was  fortunate  to be  gifted these vacations  ..........very lucky ......its crass .....loud  and  ......ostentatious .....its Vegas ......since it s   inception it has been the   place  .....for the  degenerate .....famous  ........entertainment .......however  i think the  sphere is  to try and  compete with  Dubai....which is  impossible ......it seems Vegas is  going under a  rebirth .............and of course the Seminoles are   re-doing vegas ........and why not ......god bless it i love it ...........but the writing was on the  wall....... for the sphere  i mean the operating costs  ......alone .....but as  always .......... gamblers are  degenerates  they must   eventually re-coup the  costs......lots of  black jack ......poker........or maybe the chinese may buy it .........

The Las Vegas Sphere Is Already Losing Boatloads of Money, and Just Lost a Top Leader

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The Sphere has instantly become a recognizable part of Las Vegas' skyline, for better or worse, since it made its debut earlier this year. And while the massive technological and architectural undertaking is an impressive sight to behold, there's much more than meets the eye when it comes to keeping the Sphere running.

On Nov. 8, the Sphere reported an operating loss of $98.4 million in the fiscal quarter ending Sept. 30, right after U2 officially opened the venue with the first show of their residency. According to an SEC filing, the venue also lost its chief financial officer Gautam Ranji, though his departure was "not a result of any disagreement with the company’s independent auditors or any member of management on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or internal controls." The New York Post, however, reported that Ranji suddenly quit after a screaming match with CEO James Dolan.

The Sphere cost a whopping $2.3 billion to build, while it brought in a fraction of that amount—approximately $6.7 million—from its opening through event revenue and sponsorship and advertising. Still, that wasn't enough to break even, as operating costs totaled about $7.8 million.

Related: Latest Animation on the Las Vegas Sphere is Freaking People Out

Clearly, the Sphere might be in the red for a while, especially considering how much it cost just to open the place combined with the money required just to keep the lights on. Dolan, meanwhile, believes in the vision. "We are building positive momentum across Sphere and remain confident that we are well positioned to drive long-term value for shareholders," he said in a statement.

For now, the Sphere will have to sustain itself with the U2 residency and the upcoming Las Vegas Grand Prix takeover.



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