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Video: Downtown GR ready for NYE ball drop

Video: Downtown GR ready for NYE ball drop

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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Crews spent Tuesday making the final preparations for the Grand Rapids New Year's Eve ball drop.

Several roads around Rosa Parks Circle are shut down for the party, which begins with live music at 6:30 p.m. tonight and lasts well after midnight.

The crane that will drop the ball will be moved this year to Louis Street from Monroe Avenue so the crowd can spread out more.

Manning the crane will be Bob Boerson of Gelock Heavy Movers.  He told WZZM 13's Peter Ross Tuesday the key to a good ball drop is timing - getting the ball to drop 200 feet in exactly 60 seconds, starting at 11:59 PM.  He says he can set it up in the crane's computer controls.

New this  year, a warming hut with free hot cocoa, and a tent to charge the cell phones certain to drain quicky in the frigid temperatures with heavy use.

30,000 to 40,000 people are expected to fill the area around Rosa Parks Circle Tuesday night. Grand Rapids Police say they will have extra patrols to control the crowds downtown.

Click here to post your New Year's Eve photos and selfies throughout the night!



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