Grand Rapids, Mich. (WOOD) — After nearly a decade, the annual Hot New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Grand Rapids is coming to an end — at least for this year.
After noticing that there weren’t any details about the event online, 24 Hour News 8 contacted Cumulus Media and HOT FM — who host the event — and found that the event is not being held this year due to constant location changes and poor weather conditions. The hosts also mentioned they wanted to spend that money on other things for 2017.
The cancellation is impacting more than people’s New Year’s Eve plans.
Mayan Buzz Café president Mary Rose told 24 Hour News 8 she had a record night when the event was held nearby last year, when nearly 10,000 people gathered downtown to ring in the new year.
“We staffed up for it and just had a really great time. The whole night it was just nonstop people coming in for peppermint mochas, hot chocolates, coffees, and it was really fun,” Rose said.
Rose said it brought in a different kind of revenue for local businesses and another event for West Michigan to be proud of.
“We can all watch it on TV, for sure, but it’s not the same as actually being here. It was really an amazing event,” she said.
For now, the tradition is on hold — but the City of Grand Rapids says there are a number of other New Year’s Eve events to attend this year in West Michigan.
It’s not completely out of the question that the ball drop will make a comeback next year.