Glimpse of Buffalo's Ball Drop

December 20, 2012 Updated Dec 20, 2012 at 5:23 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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Glimpse of Buffalo's Ball Drop

December 20, 2012 Updated Dec 20, 2012 at 5:23 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - The New Year's Eve Ball Drop in Buffalo will be brighter than ever thanks to new technology.

Police will be using new technology too, trying to keep the event safe.

A fairly new piece of equipment called the Skywatch, which we first saw downtown on Thanksgiving Eve, will be able to lift police officers 30 feet up in the air, giving them a birds eye view of the crowd at Roosevelt Plaza.

That crowd is expected to be incredible. Tens of thousands of people pack into Roosevelt Plaza every year to watch fireworks, entertainment and the ball drop from in front of the Electric Tower in downtown Buffalo.

New Years Eve entertainment will kick off at 10:30 pm. Headlining will be the Caitlin Koch Band.

For its 25th anniversary, the ball now has LED lights, making it more spectacular this year than ever before.

Mayor Byron Brown spoke at a news conference, saying "we are certainly very proud that outside of NYC this is the 2nd largest ball drop in the entire nation."

To make sure everything goes smoothly, there will be a test drop at Noon on December 28th.

Join Eyewitness News on New Years Eve! Keith Radford, Joanna Pasceri and John Borsa along with 97 Rock's D.J. Jickster will be in front of the Electric Tower to help ring in 2013.