With his sports bar open only since May, Game owner Jimmy Trujillo wanted to make a splash for his bar's first New Year's Eve. He hopes an illuminated, $10, 000 steel ball does the trick.
“It’s 100 feet in the air right now on a crane, ” Trujillo said Wednesday morning. “There’s an old tower on top of the building. We’re going to lower it to the tower to seemingly sit on it.”
The Becker Group, a Baltimore company that makes holiday décor and displays for public spaces, constructed the ball, Becker Group senior vice president Martina Rapp said. She described the ball, which just exceeds 10.5 feet in diameter, as “very lightweight, ” weighing “at most 300 pounds.” The logo for radio station Z104.3, a sponsor for Game's New Year's Eve party, is displayed on the ball.
The ball — which can currently be seen from Interstate 395, Trujillo said — cost Game approximately $10, 000. He considers it an investment.
“We’re thinking for the future, ” Trujillo said, mentioning preliminary plans for hosting family-oriented events that could use the ball.
This ball drop may lack the pomp of Manhattan’s version, but the aim is to still dazzle a crowd. Made of rolled steel, the ball — which was fully constructed in Baltimore, Rapp said — features more than 16, 000 LED lightbulbs and 5, 000 feet of silver garland. The Ravens inspired the lights’ colors, “warm white and purple, ” she said. Lasers, animated effects and a numeric countdown will be projected on the building as well, Trujillo said.
The party is indoors, but the crowd will be directed outside shortly before midnight, the owner said. A countdown to 2016 will take place before the party moves back inside.
Game is advertising the New Year’s Eve party as “Baltimore’s first ball drop.” (Though Havre de Grace does celebrate with an annual Duck Drop and Hampden has had its own version drop at its Miracle on 34th Street celebration.) Rapp said this is the first and only ball the Becker Group has made for a local business.
Thursday’s celebration at Game, hosted by Z104.3’s Kruz, will take place from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday. Maryland cover bands Hot Tub Limo and Under the Covers will perform, along with three DJs. General admission ($60) includes a buffet and open bar, while a $100 VIP ticket upgrades the food and drink options. (A $20 option, which features a cash bar, will be available at the door.) Tickets can be purchased here.