Behind the Scenes at the Times Square Ball Drop

What began as a stunt by the New York Times has turned into a global affair seen by more than 1 billion people.
1:44 | 01/01/17

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It is arguably the most famous ball in the world and tonight when it drops something else will fall from the sky right there along with it. ABC's John donvan explains. 3, 2, 1! Reporter: It's the sphere for the year, the ball dropping ritual in New York's Times square. I've been coming out to see the ball drop for close to 20 years. Reporter: The globe, now a global affair, seen by one billion people around the world. But originally conceived back more than a century ago as a stunt by the "New York Times". Our symbol of the new year getting more sophisticated over the decades, then going national. Televised across America which brings us the welcome 2017 ball. This thing weighs almost six tons, is made of 2,688 triangle shaped panels of Waterford crystal, and 32,000 L.E.D. Lights, together creating more than 16 million colors. And when that ball drops tonight floating through the sky will be not just any confetti. 3,000 pounds of confetti are thousands and thousands of people's wishes. Reporter: They refer to it as wishfetti the one sentence aspirations of ordinary folks, who this year are wishing -- For 2017 I wish that people would gain common sense and be nicer to each other. Healthy and happy. Reporter: There will be this too, we hope, kindness. The firm theme of this year's midnight drop. Or put another way, don't be mean in 2017. Happy, kind new year. John donvan, ABC news. Thank you for watching on this last night of the year. I'm Cecilia Vega. And before we go, one final look at times square. You can see the ball drop right here on ABC with Ryan Seacrest starting at 8:00 P.M. From all of us here at ABC, have a happy and safe new year's. Good night.

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