NYE venues brace for snow - KCTV5

NYE venues brace for snow

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

It was a pretty quiet Sunday night, but Monday around 6,000 people are expected to crowd into the Power and Light District to ring in the New Year.

Organizers said they're prepared for whatever Mother Nature may blow in with all the guests.

"So there's three different areas you can register to come in," Power and Light District Manager Jim Watry said.

The area is preparing for another record crowd at their New Year's Eve bash.

"This is kind of the focal point with the DJs and laser show, confetti cannons; we're doing a big ball drop," Watry said.

But come midnight, there will be snow dropping along with the ball, which is not ideal for a largely outdoor venue.

"We're a little weather dependent, but we've been doing this for five years," Watry said. "We've got a really good maintenance team that will do the snow removal both in the morning and the afternoon, and then work through the night if we need them."

With up to 6,000 people expected in the entertainment district's open air atrium, workers are doing whatever they can to keep people comfortable. They're adding extra heated tents for registration, a coat check, plus plenty of portable heaters and the overhead system running full blast.

"They'll warm up the block. They don't blow hot air, but they heat up everything on the block, the bricks, the railings, the tables. It gives you about an extra 20 to 25 degrees," Watry said.

Pre-registration is running strong both inside McFaddens bar and online for Power and Light's drinks and food package deal.

Some people KCTV5 spoke with hadn't heard about Monday's storm, but said they were counting on a little liquid heat to get them through.

"I was not aware of that, I just found out," said Eileen Ly, who was signing up for the NYE events.

"It's not going to stop us, alcohol does wondrous things," Joseph Pham added.

Organizers said they're counting on everyone else to be brave.

"You can't really do too much to control the weather; the party's going to be great just like it always is," Watry said.

Power and Light's party starts at 9 p.m. Monday. Tickets are still on sale from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, inside McFaddens and online.

Organizers said they usually make about 20 percent of their sales on the final day. They're hoping people will brave the snow and cold temperatures because they said they're ready for whoever makes it out.

Besides at Power and Light, there are many celebrations at varying prices for people to choose from all around the metro.

Martini Corner has Countdown at the Corner, the Waldo area has New Year's Eve Bash 2013, Union Station is hosting Rock the Clock 2012 and the 9th Annual Black Party will be held at the historic Firestone Building, located at 2001 Grand Boulevard.

Prices range from $15 to $210.

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