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The epic, New Year’s Eve event is back for its second year! The event is planned for December 31 from 7pm until midnight and again the city’s first-of-its-kind New Year’s Eve BALL DROP.  The event will feature music, fireworks, a countdown to 2018 paired with a visually spectacular large-scale constructed BALL by a team of local engineers enthusiastic about bringing this event to life!  The 8 ft. in diameter, low-poly ball will be covered in translucent acrylic plastic, and will be lit with over 380,000 lumens of LEDs.The ball will be hoisted 80 feet over the corner of Baker and Ewing St., and lowered by crane as the New Year rings in.

Best of all, the event is FREE & ALL Ages thanks to many of our local businesses.

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9 Things to Know about NYE Ball Drop

Fort Wayne’s New Year’s Eve Ball Drop will kick off 2018 in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne. Here are some things to know:

Will there be a real ball?

Yes! We are pleased to announce that immediately following last year’s inaugural event a group of local engineers offered to design and fabricate a visually spectacular large-scale ball allowing for a transition from a digital ball and a larger than life experience to ring in the 2018 New Year. The 8 ft. in diameter, low-poly ball will be covered in translucent acrylic plastic, and will be lit with over 380,000 lumens of LEDs.The ball will be hoisted 80 feet over the corner of Baker and Ewing St., and lowered by crane as the New Year rings in.

Where is it

The event will take place at Parkview Field's Silver Parking Lot on the corner of Ewing St & W Brackenridge St. The VIP and Sponsor area will overlook the site within the Suite Level Lounge at Parkview Field. See Map under the tab entitled: Location above.

What to wear

Everyone likes to dress up for a party, but remember that a lot of the action will be happening outside, so dress for the weather. There is no dress code, so wear something that will allow you to feel comfortable, WARM, and festive.

When to arrive

Doors open 7pm and Live entertainment will begin at 7:15 PM on the countdown stage. The Ball will drop at midnight kicking off the New Year!

How to get there

Parking - For those with designated drivers, ample parking is available downtown. Free metered street parking is available after 5 p.m. and on weekends. The closest parking garage will be the Harrison Square Parking Garage.

How old do you have to be to attend

Fort Wayne New Year’s Eve Ball Drop is an all ages family friendly event. There will be bar areas available, but you will have to provide proof of age 21 and over to enter these areas. Alcoholic beverages must be consumed in this area as well.

What does the event cost

FREE Thanks to our Sponsors and Collaborators.

How to watch

The best way to watch this year is to come downtown and enjoy it! We may have LIVE Streams going via the WANE-TV and New Year’s Eve Ball Drop FACEBOOK and IG PAGES.

When will music acts begin

Doors open 7pm and Live entertainment will begin at 7:15 PM on the countdown stage. The Ball will drop at midnight kicking off the New Year!

Location

 

Parkview Field’s Silver Parking Lot

Located on the corner of Ewing St & W Brackenridge St. The VIP and Sponsor area will overlook the site within the Suite Level Lounge at Parkview Field.

See the BLUE area on the map below

PARKING MAP

 

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Schedule

Alyssa Ivanson & Rob Lydick

WANE-TV will countdown their TOP 10 Good Vibe Stories of the Year. Tune in throughout the night as they highlight these feel good stories.

The Ball Drop will feature some of those who participated in this year's ONE BEAT - Lip Sync Battle which benefitted the AMANI Family Services (formerly known as Crime Victim Care of Allen County) earlier this year on November 3rd!

Alyssa Ivanson & Rob Lydick

WANE-TV will countdown their TOP 10 Good Vibe Stories of the Year. Tune in throughout the night as they highlight these feel good stories.

Love Fort Wayne famous food items such as Coney Island, Power's Hamburger and the newly opened Yummy Bunny? Watch as contestants eat an item from each restaurant going head to head for prizes.

Alyssa Ivanson & Rob Lydick

WANE-TV will countdown their TOP 10 Good Vibe Stories of the Year. Tune in throughout the night as they highlight these feel good stories.

Ready to dab? Watch as contestants go head to head in a friendly dance-off for prizes!

Sponsors

This event is FREE & ALL Ages thanks to Steel Dynamics (SDI) and Glenbrook Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram FIAT. Their commitment to the community ensures that 100% of the community is invited to this growing tradition.

In addition to these two major contributors, these other local organizations and businesses helped to make the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop happen.

Official Broadcasting Partner

Crane donated by Central Rent-a-Crane!

Because of contributions like this, the event is FREE & ALL AGES.

Official Radio Partner.

Because of their donated efforts the event is FREE & ALL AGES.

Performers

Live entertainment will be provided by the Alicia Pyle Quartet and the Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra

Alicia Pyle Quartet

We love a good cover, and the standards from the jazz era, but our favorite/signature sound smashes up classical music with Latin/funk grooves and elements of jazz/rock along with showcasing our original compositions! We have a ball! Book us for your next private, social, corporate, or arts/cultural event. We love playing for fundraising events, weddings/festivals and other celebratory occasions as well! Like us on Facebook to keep up with our performances, check us out on Fandalism, and you can find our music on Youtube! ☺

Alicia Pyle Quartet
Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra

From Fort Wayne Indiana the Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra brings you world class Funk, Hip Hop, R&B and Soul music from the 70's to today's greatest hits. A sonic tapestry of musical diversity including our own music and other great artists - bands like Average White Band, Chicago, Commodores, Earth Wind & Fire, Biggie Smalls, Dr. Dre, Michael Jackson, Rick James, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder and more.

Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra

FAQ

The mission of our city’s New Year’s Eve Ball Drop is to give Fort Wayne an epic, fun and safe place to celebrate the end of the year and the beginning of the New Year with family, friends and loved ones. The mission is driven by a passion to encourage Fort Wayne residents to celebrate all that this great city has to offer.

Yes! We are pleased to announce that immediately following last year’s inaugural event a group of local engineers offered to design and fabricate a visually spectacular large-scale ball allowing for a transition from a digital ball and a larger than life experience to ring in the 2018 New Year. The 8 ft. in diameter, low-poly ball will be covered in translucent acrylic plastic, and will be lit with over 380,000 lumens of LEDs.The ball will be hoisted 80 feet over the corner of Baker and Ewing St., and lowered by crane as the New Year rings in.

The event is a true collaboration between several live programmers, broadcasting partners, and several local businesses / sponsors that have helped make this event FREE & Accessible but MOST importantly: SAFE.

The live programmers collaborating on the logistics of the event have many years experience and past events have included personnel on-site from local hospitals manning first aid and crowd control which includes ESG Security & Event Services, FWPD or the Sheriff Department (or of mix of personnel from these organizations). This event on December 31st will hold to those same standards and there will be a visible presence for both safety and first aid on-site. You will see a marked First Aid area/station and safety personnel clearly visible whether that be at entrance/exit areas or patrolling the around the entrance, exit.

Everyone likes to dress up for a party, but remember that a lot of the action will be happening outside, so dress for the weather. There is no dress code, so wear something that will allow you to feel comfortable, WARM, and festive.

A 50×30 Warming Tent and Heating Lamps will cover the grounds.

This is year one of the New Year’s Even Ball Drop. The live programmers that have come together to plan this even have experience curating events between 1,000 – 15,000 attendees. Many factors go into the turnout of a particular live event including weather conditions, ticket price and the type entertainment being provided. With this in mind, organizers wanted to make sure the event has FREE admission making for it extremely accessible for all interested in attending. Estimated attendance based on similar winter-based events: 5,000 – 10,000.

There will be a mixture of Top 40 hits, live jam band style music and various family friendly tunes throughout the night.

Below is a list of items that will be prohibited at the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop:

  • Oversized Bags: larger than 12” x 12” x 12”, Backpacks, Duffel Bags, Tote Bags, Satchels and Briefcases, Luggage of any Kind, Oversized Purses
  • Outside food or beverage (both alcoholic and non) & Coolers or Ice Chests
  • Fireworks, Smoke Devices, Confetti Cannons
  • Weapons of Any Kind & Illegal Drugs
  • Laptops, Portable Speakers, or Oversized Electronics
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones)

The Ball Drop is FREE & ALL AGES thanks to our Sponsors and Collaborators and the location will be at Parkview Field’s Silver Parking Lot on the corner of Ewing St & W Brackenridge St.

HOWEVER, in addition to the FREE event…

For those who prefer to stay warm most of the night but still catch the BALL DROP, we’ve got a solution!

The Fort Wayne New Year’s Eve Ball Drop has teamed up with Parkview Field’s Suite Level Lounge, a 5,000+ square foot multi-use room with an upscale built in bar featuring an exceptional view of Parkview Field and the Fort Wayne skyline. Tickets to this ‘partnering event’ are $30/person or $60/couple and will become available HERE online in October of 2017.

 

Note: While this is the”Official Indoor Gala” of the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop the actual Ball Drop located on Parkview Field’s Silver Parking Lot on the corner of Ewing St & W Brackenridge St. is FREE and ALL AGES.  This VIP section overlooks the festivities and these tickets will be limited (Check back October 2017 for availability and purchase options)

The fireworks will be safely managed by Melrose Pyrotechnics, Inc., the number one choice in local fireworks display companies, with award winning expertise. They will launch at the strike of midnight and last around 3-5 minutes.

Yes, the event will take place at Parkview Field’s Silver Parking Lot on the corner of Ewing St & W Brackenridge St.

A warming tent will be on-site as well as patio heaters thanks to the ‘heating partners’. Everyone likes to dress up for a party, but remember that a lot of the action will be happening outside, so dress for the weather. There is no dress code, so wear something that will allow you to feel comfortable, WARM, and festive. Check weather updates on WANE-TV by clicking HERE

NewsChannel 15’s Alyssa Ivanson and meteorologist Rob Lydick will again host the event, with extensive live coverage on WANE-TV beginning at 11:30PM.

Doors open 7pm and Live entertainment will begin at 7:15 PM on the countdown stage. The Ball will drop at midnight kicking off the New Year!

VIP Gala

For those who prefer to stay warm most of the night but still catch the FREE & ALL AGES BALL DROP, we’ve got a solution!

The Fort Wayne New Year’s Eve Ball Drop has teamed up with Parkview Field’s Suite Level Lounge, a 5,000+ square foot multi-use room with an upscale built-in bar featuring an exceptional view of Parkview Field and the Fort Wayne skyline.

Note: While this is the”Official Indoor Gala” of the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop the actual Ball Drop located on Parkview Field’s Silver Parking Lot on the corner of Ewing St & W Brackenridge St. is FREE and ALL AGES.  This VIP section overlooks the festivities and these tickets will be limited


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