GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The second year of the New Year's Ball Drop at Rosa Parks Circlewas about three times larger than the first, according to officialswith Citadel Broadcasting.
Marcus Bradman, the director of events andpromotions for Citadel -- the sponsor of the event -- estimated the crowd at 30,000.
"I'm ecstatic with that number," he told 24 Hour News 8 ."Anytime you can get that many people together and not have anyincidents is fantastic."
The crowd showed up earlier this year, he said. Rosa ParksCircle filled to capacity and stayed that way well pastmidnight.
He wondered,though, about how much bigger the now-annual eventcould get. "How many more people can we get in there? Rosa ParksCircle can only hold so many."
Including post-party clean-up, the event cost around $100,000, Bradman said.
Plans now are for another New Year's Eve party at the end of2010. "We love when we can bring things downtown enhancing GrandRapids. That's what it's all about."
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