Is the Las Vegas Sphere damaged? Here’s what to know

Recent social media posts theorized that the now-famous Las Vegas Sphere was damaged, but the truth is not as severe.

On Dec. 26, a social media user took to X to post about a “mysterious crack” on the surface of the Las Vegas sphere.

However, despite reports that the Las Vegas sphere was damaged, that doesn’t appear to be the case. The Las Vegas Review-Journal carried out an investigation, and found that the white “crack” is not actual damage.

Instead, the white spot is actually a small section of LED pucks that have stopped functioning. A spokesperson for the Sphere told the Review-Journal that there wasn’t actually any structural damage to the sphere.

For those unfamiliar with how the Las Vegas Sphere works, the structure is made up of 1.2 million LED “pucks,” or small round light-emitting bulbs about the size of a hockey puck.

The malfunctioning pucks aren’t broken, either. Instead, they are simply emitting white light even as the rest of the LEDs change colors.

Even though the Las Vegas sphere isn’t damaged, the malfunction is just one indicator that the structure, which is a massive technological achievement based on cutting-edge display technology, may be prone to issues down the road.

The Las Vegas sphere was first announced by the Madison Square Garden Company in 2018. It first opened to the public on Sept. 29, 2023. Even though it’s a new addition to Las Vegas, its stunning visual aesthetic is bound to be a part of Las Vegas Strip history for years to come.

The Sphere isn’t the only addition to the Strip in recent months. In December, Fontainbleu Las Vegas officially opened as the tallest hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

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