Thousands Flock to Downtown Buffalo for New Year's Eve

January 2, 2012 Updated Oct 28, 2013 at 10:15 AM EDT

By Kyla Igoe.

January 2, 2012 Updated Oct 28, 2013 at 10:15 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Downtown Buffalo seemed to be the place to be to ring in the new year. Whether it was the Buffalo Ball Drop and Fireworks or countless or other events, thousands came to the Queen City to start off 2012.

Up to 40,000 people filled Roosevelt Plaza on Saturday to enjoy the ball drop and fireworks. That doesn't include the thousands of people that filled local restaurants, bars, and the much anticipated Statler City Ice Ball.

The Ice Ball marked the the grand re-opening of the once shuttered historic landmark. The Statler is celebrating a new lease on life after Developer Mark Croce purchased the building. He was able to showcase the new renovations and restorations at the Ice ball on New Year's Eve.

"It took hundreds and hundreds of dedicated workers, both contractors and from our company," said Croce. "Our workers were literally working around the clock until the very last minute."

4,000 people packed the iconic building and with more renovations to be done, Croce says next year will be very different.

"People worked as hard as they could and next year we're going to have a bigger staff and less capacity," added Croce. "We'll work out all the kinks."

Many developers and businesses owners believe there is a revival in Buffalo. Many believe people are rediscovering what the city has to offer, which is giving an economic boost to the region