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New Years Eve Ball Drop to be virtual this year due to COVID-19

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Posted at 6:26 PM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 21:26:21-04

NEW YORK — Organizers of the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square are planning a virtual celebration that brings Times Square and The Ball to people digitally no matter where they are located.

Officials have yet to determine what live elements they will implement for the celebration, they say there will be an extremely limited group of in-person honorees.

"There will be significantly new and enhanced virtual, visual, and digital offerings to complement whatever limited live entertainment or experiences - still in development - will take place in Times Square," Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, which co-produces the event with Countdown Entertainment, said.

The owner of One Times Square, Jamestown, where the New Year's Eve Ball drops, has built the virtual world of Times Square and a complementary broadcast app to allow everyone to experience Times Square and celebrate with us in these unusual times.