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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2014 Archives > December 2014 > Say Goodbye To 2014

Say Goodbye To 2014

For the 27TH year the Buffalo Ball Drop will be in downtown Buffalo

December 18, 2014 - Ring in 2015 at the 27th annual “Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks” at Iskalo Development’s Electric Tower, 535 Washington Street, in downtown Buffalo.  Roosevelt Plaza – where Huron, Genesee, and Washington Streets meet – will come alive on New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, December 31st when tens of thousands of people gather for the second largest such event in the United States!

“Buffalo has one of the biggest Ball Drops in the country,” said Mayor Byron Brown.  “I’d like to thank this year’s sponsors for their dedication to this event and the citizens of Buffalo and Western New York. Every year I look forward to continuing this great tradition.”

“Iskalo Development is once again pleased to host Buffalo’s annual Ball Drop, now in its 27th consecutive year at the historic Electric Tower,” stated Paul B. Iskalo, founder and CEO of Iskalo Development.  “We look forward to this event each year and invite all of Western New York to join us downtown on New Year’s Eve as we celebrate our great City of Buffalo and welcome in the New Year.”

Local singing sensation Caitlin Koch will headline the show, kicking off at 10:30 p.m., concluding with the Buffalo Ball Drop and Fireworks at midnight.  Koch, an Orchard Park native, has picked up a national following after success on recent reality television talent shows.  At age 15, Caitlin won a local radio contest as "Buffalo Idol," and headlined at the First Niagara Center.

The Eyewitness News Team, including Keith Radford, Joanna Pasceri, Ed Drantch, Katie Morse and Chief Meteorologist Aaron Mentkowski, will join “DJ Jickster” from 97 Rock to ring in 2015 live at Roosevelt Plaza with the “Countdown to 2015” beginning at 11 pm on WKBW channel 7. WKBW has been a co-sponsor of the Ball Drop events since the first one in 1988.

“We are proud to continue our long running tradition of helping Western New Yorkers ring in the New Year with Channel 7,” said WKBW President and General Manager Michael Nurse. “This landmark event is a major event on-air and on-site at the Electric Tower and most importantly benefits the fine work of the Police Athletic League.”

Corporate Sponsors for the “Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks” include Frey Electric, Liberty Cab and the Western New York Chevy Dealers. Other sponsors for the “Buffalo Ball Drop” include the City of Buffalo, 7 ABC, WGRF-FM 97 Rock, Iskalo Development, the Police Athletic League of Buffalo (PAL), Yancey’s Fancy, Indigo Productions, Buffalo Place, the Skylighters of WNY, Daddio’s Pizza and Tim Horton’s. PAL produces the “Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks” and benefits from sponsorship proceeds. 

“The Police Athletic League of Buffalo is honored again to be part of the 27th annual Ball Drop, this is going to be another great event,” said Modie Cox of PAL.  “To all the sponsors – thank you for helping us, help the youth in our city.”

The Skylighters of WNY will choreograph this year’s fireworks display to seasonal music favorites. The fireworks display is presented by the Chevy Dealers of Western New York.

A “test drop” of the Ball will be held at 535 Washington Street, in front of the Electric Tower Monday, December 29th at 11 a.m., when crews hoist the specially designed ball to the top of the tower, testing the hundreds of special lights and timing the descent.