Brocton Hosts Record Breaking NYE Ball Drop


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The St. Stephen Hotel at The Arches in Downtown Brocton is hosting the fourth annual New Year’s Eve ball drop. And yet again, it continues to be the highest and largest ball drop in the country. St. Stephen Hotel owners Teri Selig and Al Seavy are proud to provide such an incredible event for their community.

Four years ago Al Seavy thought the idea of doing a ball drop would be a fun thing for the community to enjoy. Turnout was higher than expected and appreciated by crowds of all ages. People were lining the streets of Brocton. The event has gotten bigger and better each year.

The famous Brocton Ball is provided by Al Seavy Automotive & Auto Sales and The St. Stephen Hotel, which has served the community for over 25 years. Over 14 feet in diameter, the ball is constructed out of pex ¾” water line and conduit, and holds over 3,000 LED bulbs. Special thanks to Bentley Tree Service who’s crane will be enabling the extraordinary record breaking drop, over twenty feet higher than New York City. Bill Bentley will be using his 165’ boom crane, weather permitting, to raise the ball over Brocton, New York to ring in 2018 in style. Bentley Tree Service is a fully insured tree removal service ready to handle your tree removal, yard cleaning, and lot clearing needs with attention to detail and professionalism. Contact Bill Bently at (716)736-3963. Also thanks to Ed Wood of Wood’s Repair Service for the generous use of his parking lot for crane placement. Village of Brocton’s approval and cooperation is appreciated as well.

This year, to accommodate even more of the community and communities around, St. Stephen Hotel will be hosting a double evening of excitement. For crowds from senior folks to children hoping to celebrate early, there will be a 6:00pm drop. Stop to enjoy dinner specials before or after. Reservations accepted at 792-SAINT (7248).

A local crowd favorite, Through the Storm, will be playing 7:30 to 9:30. T-t-S is a local hard rock band made up of Tim O’Dell (contact 467-7142) on guitar, Collin Lacki vocals/bass, Christian Rex on drums, and show technician, Mark O’Dell. The trio has enjoyed entertaining their fanbase for over three years and are excited about their much anticipated newest EP, “The Darkest Light” out soon.

At 10pm, premier grunge band Grudge Monkey, featuring 90s alternative rock, takes the stage. Rock in the New Year with lead singer and guitar Dr. DJ Galiffa, Kevin Presto on drums and vocals, Chris Farrell on lead guitar, and Dave Kahley on bass. Grunge Monkey has been rockin’ fans in the tri-state area since 2008 so be sure to catch them local. They can be contacted at (716) 223-0278 or @GrungeMonkeyBand.

Plan on being where everyone else will be this New Year’s Eve. Music, photo ops, dinner specials, red light drink specials, DD, and of course NYE Ball Drops!