Downtown GR New Year’s Eve Celebration

Posted at 5:32 PM, Dec 31, 2014
and last updated 2015-01-01 06:58:12-05

UPDATE: The ball stayed in the air and was dropped as scheduled just in time to ring in 2015! Happy New Year from FOX 17!

UPDATE: The ball was raised in the air at 11:40 p.m. Crews still aren't sure if it will stay up.

UPDATE: As of 11:15 p.m., the New Year's Eve ball has not been lifted into the air. Crews said that winds are approximately 30 mph, and said that winds would need lower to at least 17 mph. A scheduled practice lift at 11 p.m. never took place.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Calder Plaza is playing host to the 2015 Subway Hot New Year's Eve Party organized by Cumulus.

Marcus Bradman from Cumulus said that the new venue will allow for easier traffic flow and more space for party-goers.

The ball was lit at 7 p.m. with the first band taking to the stage shortly after.

The Grand Rapids Police Department said that it has increased security in the area, including more surveillance cameras downtown. Police also warn drivers to be responsible and not drive intoxicated.

Consumer's Energy also returned this year with their warming tent. Inside the tent, party-goers can not only stay warm, but also enjoy a cup of hot chocolate.

"We've been planning this for months. We've been working very closely with Cumulus Media who are the organizers of the event. We've been here for five years now. We are sponsoring the warming tent. Come out and get a cup of hot chocolate," said Roger Morgenstern with Consumer's Energy.

Parents who came to the New Year's Eve celebration with their children also said that they felt safe during the event with the presence of police.

"It's very family friendly. It's easy, great people. You know, it's a great atmosphere. I think it brings out the best in people," said parent Donna Wollen.