Preparations are underway for New Year's Eve in New York City, including the testing of the famous crystal ball that drops at midnight. Bobbi Rebell reports.
Preparations are underway for New Year's Eve in New York City, including the testing of the famous crystal ball that drops at midnight. The iconic sphere is twelve feet in diameter and covered in more than 2600 Waterford Crystal triangles, along with more than 32,000 Phillips LED lights, and weighs in at about six tons. (REPORTER'S BRIDGE) BOBBI REBELL, REPORTER, REUTERS (ENGLISH) SAYING: "The Times Square ball here in New York City has been a tradition since 1907, and for all the anticipation and build up, when the time comes, the ball takes just sixty seconds to drop and ring in the New Year. " Tim Tomkins, president of the Times Square Alliance says, it's a global tradition. (SOUNDBITE) TIM TOMPKINS, PRESIDENT OF TIMES SQUARE ALLIANCE, (ENGLISH) SAYING: "Every single part of the world is represented in New York. And, I think, that's why the New York celebration is watched around the world. The celebration gets emotional, according to Jeff Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment: (SOUNDBITE) JEFF STRAUS, PRESIDENT OF COUNTDOWN ENTERTAINMENT, (ENGLISH) SAYING: "As we count down, we embrace, and kiss, and celebrate, and it's a time of love, and romance, and, every year, it's one of the top nights for people to get engaged. I'll see people get down on their knee and propose, and it's just an incredible feeling of energy and goodwill. " More than a million people are expected to come to see the ball in person.