Times Square in New York City has nothing on Southern Colorado this year. For the first time ever, Colorado Springs will welcome the New Year with a ball of its own.
The Antlers Adams Mark Hotel is hosting the first “Glitter Ball.” Moments before midnight, the countdown will begin, and at precisely 12 a.m., revelers will see the big ball drop 120 feet, and 2004 will have arrived.
Workers have been taking their time to get the Glitter Ball in place. It’s six feet in diameter, so it’s not easy to handle. And on Wednesday, it was a little rough because of the windy conditions.
It took about $15,000 in volunteer hours and materials to create this symbol of 2004. Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers-Local Union 113 are proud of their work. "When we started, we didn't have any idea what we were gonna do. John O'Donnell asked us to do it, ‘You guys can figure it out.’ It took us a little while of trial and error, but I think we have a pretty nice looking ball,” says Marshall Johnson, the man who helped create the big ball.
In addition to the ball drop, there’s a whole party slated for the evening, both inside the hotel and in the courtyard and street outside. There’s music, dancing, food, and even a hot air balloon “glow.”
The cost to attend the Glitter Ball is $20 per person, and tickets are available right at the door. Proceeds go to the Care & Share Food Bank. You can also bring donations of canned food to the event, but there is no charge, if you’d like to only attend the activities outside the hotel.
KKTV is a proud sponsor of the inaugural Glitter Ball. Eric Singer will serve as a host for many of the evening’s activities.