Like many major events in 2020, the Times Square ball drop will look much different when we ring in the new year.
According to the New York Post, the ball drop will take place in an empty Times Square.
It will mark the first time since the event’s inception in 1907 that the annual event will be taking place without a crowd.
The event will be held virtually.
From the report:
Jamestown, the real-estate investment and management company that owns One Times Square, has spent the last six months planning a robust, and very 2020, alternative to the typical festivities — one that blends virtual and augmented experiences with live camera feeds. Most of all, it’s totally free to access.
To attend the virtual event, simply download the free “NYE” app, or sign in to VNYE.com.
Users will be able to create a customized avatar to join the fun. Through the app, users will also be able to take a virtual selfie in Times Square with a superimposed 2021 New Year’s ball.