Times Square’s New Year’s Eve Ball has a new look. In fact, it’s just plain new. New lights. New colors. New patterns. New technology. New everything.
According to Times Square Alliance, the new Ball is a 12-foot geodesic sphere weighing 11,875 pounds. With 2,668 crystals and 32,256 LEDs (more than 3 times as many as previous years), the Ball boasts an increase in energy efficiency and color capabilities. That translates into more than 16 million colors, billions of possible patterns, and 10-20% increased energy conservation, consuming only the same amount of energy per hour as two traditional home ovens.
“For one hundred years, the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball has attracted millions of revelers to Times Square on December 31st to celebrate the beginning of the New Year,” said one organizer of the Times Square New Year’s Eve.
Organizers also announced that the new Ball will become a year-round attraction above Times Square in full public view January through December.
“The New Year’s Eve ball is bigger, better and brighter than ever, just like Times Square itself,” said Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins. “And like Times Square, it’s not afraid to show off. That’s why we’re proudly putting it on display year-round so visitors to the neighborhood can enjoy a true Crossroads of the World icon.”
Times Square Alliance writes about the historic, national event:
Each year, millions of eyes from all over the world are focused on the sparkling Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball. At 11:59 p.m., the Ball begins its descent as millions of voices unite to count down the final seconds of the year, and celebrate the beginning of a new year full of hopes, challenges, changes and dreams.
Happy New Year.
[Photos: Times Square Alliance]