How Big is the Ball that Drops on New Years, and What’s it Made Of?


The Times Square New Year’s Eve ball is a geodesic sphere, 12 feet in diameter. It weighs 11,875 pounds.

The surface is covered in 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles, bolted to 672 LED modules, which are attached to the aluminum frame of the Ball.

More than one ton of confetti is dropped on Times Square on New Year’s Eve. This year, it will include messages written by Dick Clark’s fans, as a tribute to the icon.