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Buffalo Ball Drop Returns to Downtown Buffalo For Its 29th Year
December 20, 2016 - Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown invited city residents and visitors to ring in 2017 at the 29th annual “Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks” at Iskalo Development’s Electric Tower, located in Downtown Buffalo’s Roosevelt Plaza. Roosevelt Plaza is located where Huron, Genesee, and Washington Streets meet.
“Now in its 29th year, the Ball Drop continues to grow bigger and brighter—just as downtown Buffalo continues to grow bigger and brighter! We encourage everyone to make downtown Buffalo their New Year’s Eve destination, and to come see why we at M&T Bank so are optimistic about the city that has been our home and headquarters since the day we were founded in 1856”, said C. Michael Zabel, Group Vice President of Corporate Communications at M&T Bank.
Buffalo Place Executive Director Michael T. Schmand stated, “Buffalo Place is excited once again to participate with the City of Buffalo, the Police Athletic League, and the sponsorship family in celebrating a great Downtown Buffalo tradition, the 2017 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop.”
Other major 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.
“Iskalo Development is pleased to host the 29th consecutive Ball Drop at the historic Electric Tower”, stated Paul B. Iskalo, founder and CEO of Iskalo Development. “Each year we look forward to welcoming fellow Western New Yorkers to Downtown’s Electric District to celebrate our great city and ring in the New Year.”
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.
The Police Athletic League of Buffalo (PAL) helps produce the “Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks” and benefits from sponsorship proceeds. “The Police Athletic League of Buffalo is honored again to be part of the 29th annual Ball Drop,” said Nekia Kemp of PAL. “To all the sponsors – thank you for helping us, help our children.”
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.
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios