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Arts Council preparing for New Year’s celebrations in downtown Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY — A group of Oklahomans is getting ready to celebrate the new year in style.

Oklahoma City's Opening Night celebrations are produced by the Arts Council Oklahoma City.

On Wednesday, the Opening Night Finale Ball was loaded on a trailer and transported to Allied Steel Construction Co., where final preparations will be made before it is ready to rise into the new year.

"It's a lot of pressure,” Darrell Lattie, who works for Allied Crane, told News 4.

Each year, crews move the OKC Opening Night New Year’s Eve ball from the Arts Council of Oklahoma City warehouse to a holding location where it stays until it’s time to ring in the new year.

"We just take our time, don't get in a hurry, and we get it out of there,” Lattie said. "It's tight. On the trailer, it's not too bad.”

The glistening ball of light is always a hit with the thousands of Oklahomans who attend Opening Night each year.

"It's Oklahoma City's oldest and biggest New Year's Eve celebration. It's a music festival, food trucks,” Justin Newton, co-chair for Opening Night, said.

It’s all leading up to the grand finale.

"You get 30-40,000 people out there in Bicentennial Park and it doesn't matter what the weather is like. Everybody is all excited and pumped up to see the fireworks and ring in the new year together. It's always a good time,” Newton said.

This year's Opening Night festivities will take place in downtown Oklahoma City on Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight on Jan. 1.

There will be performances across four venues on eight stages.

The countdown to midnight will be at Bicentennial Park and will include entertainment from the headliner, ‘The Wise Guys.’

As midnight approaches, there will be a special finale countdown complete with the traditional Opening Night ball and one of the state's largest fireworks shows.

For more information on the event, visit the Downtown OKC website.