The new Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball is a 12 foot geodesic sphere, double the size of previous Balls, and weighs 11,875 pounds. Covered in 2,668 Waterford Crystals and powered by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDS, the new Ball is capable of creating a palette of more than 16 million vibrant colors and billions of patterns producing a spectacular kaleidoscope effect atop One Times Square.
The organizers also announced that the new Ball will become a year-round attraction above Times Square in full public view January through December.
The first New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square was in 1904.
For the 37th consecutive year, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2009 will lead America into the New Year when Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest host specials starting at 10:00 p.m., ET, Wednesday, December 31 on the ABC Television Network.