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Home > Leadership > Mayor > News Room > Press Releases > Giving the Bufalo New Year's Eve Ball a Final Test Before Its Big Night

Giving the Buffalo New Year's Eve Ball a Final Test Before it's Big Night

Buffalo Ball Drop returns to Downtown Buffalo on December 31, 2016 at Theodore Roosevelt Plaza in Buffalo

BUFFALO - The “ball” is ready for its New Year’s close up!  Today, Mayor Byron Brown, joined by other sponsors of the 29th annual “Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks”, was on hand as crews conducted the annual ‘Test Drop’ to ensure that the ‘Ball Drop’ on New Year’s Eve goes off without a hitch.  Crews hoisted the specially designed ball to the top of Iskalo Development’s Electric Tower, testing the hundreds of special lights and timing of the descent.  Mayor Brown also extended another invitation to city residents and visitors to ring in 2017 at the annual downtown event at Roosevelt Plaza.  Roosevelt Plaza is located along the newly opened 500 Block of Main Street at the intersection of Huron and Genesee Streets.
“Now in its 29th year, the ‘Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks’ has become an annual tradition that keeps getting bigger and better and Downtown Buffalo is ready to celebrate the best New Year’s Eve yet,” said Mayor Brown, noting the many new and existing restaurants located within blocks of Roosevelt Plaza, along with skating at Rotary Rink and First Night Buffalo at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.  “I thank our new and returning sponsor organizations for their dedication to this event and to the citizens of Buffalo and Western New York.  Their commitment to our city, and its many assets, fills us with a great sense of pride as we work to continue to build a city of opportunity in Buffalo, where everyone benefits from our city’s rising prosperity.”
This City of Buffalo is the largest funder of the annual Buffalo Ball Drop, requiring significant coordination between police, fire, emergency services, and DPW personnel to ensure the event is fun, festive and safe. This year, the ‘Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks’ is a collaborative effort between Mayor Brown and the City of Buffalo, the Police Athletic League of Buffalo (PAL), and Buffalo Place. PAL benefits from sponsorship proceeds.
M&T Bank is this year’s Title Sponsor.  Other sponsors include the Western New York Chevy Dealers, Big Ditch Brewing Company, Carmina Woods Morris DPC, Frey Electric Construction, Hyatt Regency Buffalo, Liberty Cab, Uniland Development Corp., Ciminelli Real Estate Corp, as well as WKBW, WGRF-FM 97 Rock, Yancey’s Fancy and Iskalo Development.

Once again, the New Year’s ball will descend from atop Iskalo Development’s Electric Tower, carefully in synch with the ball in New York’s Times Square.  Local singing sensation and Buffalo’s own Caitlin Koch will headline the show, kicking off at 10:30p.m., concluding with the Buffalo Ball Drop and Fireworks at midnight.  Koch grew up in Orchard Park.

This year, D.J. Jickster from 97 Rock will co-host the event with The Eyewitness News Team, including Anchors Keith Radford and Ashley Rowe, with Liz Lewin serving as the evening’s roving reporter. Coverage of the “Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks” will begin with “Eyewitness News at 11pm” followed by the television special "Countdown to 2017" that includes “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” on ABC-TV.
Video walls set up by Indigo Productions will offer digital images of the Buffalo and Times Square ball drops, including a presentation of the “Countdown to 2017” HD telecast presented by WKBW Channel 7, a co-sponsor of the Ball Drop events since the first one in 1988 - when 97 Rock offered it as a gift to the city.
The Ball will drop in synch with its sister in New York’s Time Square, followed by a spectacular fireworks display presented by the Chevy Dealers of Western New York.  Skylighters of WNY will shoot the fireworks show and choreograph it to classic rock and seasonal music favorites.