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Detroit's New Year's Eve ball drop moving to Beacon Park from Campus Martius

December 19, 2017

The annual New Year’s Eve ball drop in downtown Detroit is getting a new home with more space.

“The Drop” — DTE Energy’s Motor City NYE Presented by Quicken Loans — is moving from Campus Martius to Beacon Park located at Grand River and Cass avenues, event producers say.

“Beacon Park’s energy and beauty will provide the ideal backdrop for ringing in the new year,” Nancy Moody, vice president of Public Affairs for DTE Energy, said in a news release sent by event organizers at Motor City NYE LLC. “We’re proud to support this Detroit tradition and to provide the venue for party goers and families alike to celebrate a one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve.”

The event, now in its eighth year, has been outgrowing the space in Campus Martius, and Beacon Park offers more flexibility with road closures, event producer Regina Stocco said.

“We just simply had to make a logistical change to accommodate the 30,000 people that usually show up for this,” Stocco said.

Flynn said that having the drop at Beacon Park will allow people to get “almost all the way around the drop tower.”

“It’s almost like it’s made to be there,” Flynn said.

Flynn said he expects the drop tower to be installed at Beacon Park by the end of the week.

“Well I think that Beacon Park will be the home of the ‘D’ Drop because as they continue to build more and more downtown in that heart of the area right there, it’s just going to make it smaller and smaller area to do things,” said Matt Flynn, executive producer of “The Drop."

The New Year’s Eve celebration will be held on Dec. 31 from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., and will feature two heated and carpeted party pavilions with musical performances and free activities and games, according to the news release

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