RICHMOND, VA—With the New Year comes a growing New Year's Eve tradition.
The ball rise above The Byrd Theater in Carytown is set for Monday night.
It's become a Richmond tradition that helps local business in the area, in addition to ringing in the New Year.
The four-foot ball was created in 2006 by Todd Schall-Vess, the general manager at The Byrd Theater.
While the Carytown New Year's Eve festivity is modeled after the famous New York City gathering, the Richmond celebration is a bit different.
The ball here rises on top of a 40-foot tower on the Byrd Theater's roof.
Management at the theater says the ball rises, opposed to dropping, so that it's visible for miles. We're told you can even see the festivities from the downtown expressway.
The ball rise won't be the only sight on New Year's Eve. The countdown will be projected on the side of the building, so the entire crowd can follow along and know exactly when the clock strikes 12.
"I think it's a good thing for everybody, and I'm happy to be a part of making sure it continued," said Todd Schall-Vess, the general manager at The Byrd Theater.
Schall-Vess says if you want to stake out a good spot New Year's Eve, it's best to arrive early.
Streets will remain open during the event.
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