Ball drop moves inside Parkview Field

December 21, 2018

Going to the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop downtown? Dress warm, suggests organizer Nate Uptgraft.

Outdoor activities in a Parkview Field parking lot at last year’s event were canceled when it was deemed too cold, and the drop became a drive-in where people could park near the stadium and watch from their heated cars as the glowing ball descended on a street corner. Despite the last-minute changes, Uptgraft says the ball drop still drew about 2,000 people.

This year, the activities are moving inside Parkview Field. There will be a heating tent with music and family-friendly activities such as a food eating contest and dance-off along the outfield concourse, and the climate-controlled Lincoln Financial Event Center will feature vendors, concessions and a full-service bar. Those areas are free and open to all ages. A ticketed 21-and-older gala is available with private DJ and bars on the suite level.

Uptgraft says moving inside Parkview Field is good for security reasons and allows organizers to keep the event going under harsher conditions, though there is still the possibility of activities being canceled due to severe weather or temperature. There is also more space for attendees.

The red ball, which made its debut last year, has additional lights and a new LED marquee ticker on top for the countdown to midnight. It will be lit at 8 p.m. and drop over the outfield at midnight, followed by a fireworks show.

Guests will be able to submit their resolutions to be displayed on the Parkview Field LED wall.

“I just want people to come out and have a good time,” Uptgraft says.

: Corey McMaken, The Journal Gazette

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