BUFFALO, N.Y. — This year will mark the 31st anniversary of the Downtown New Year’s Eve “Buffalo Ball Drop and Fireworks” event, to benefit the Police Athletic League (PAL) of Buffalo.

Revelers from Western New York and beyond will ring in 2019 at Iskalo Development’s Electric Tower, in Downtown’s Roosevelt Plaza.

The Buffalo Ball Drop and Fireworks event benefits youth who participate in the PAL programming.

In celebration of its 31st anniversary, the Buffalo Ball Drop will feature performances by Tommy Z and the All Star Band.  

In an effort to provide reliable rides to and from the Buffalo Ball Drop, Uber is on board this year to help holiday revelers get to and from the event easier than ever. 

Free parking is also available at nearby Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps, Main Place Mall and Fernbach Ramps. For directions to ramps, go to bcarparking.com.

In addition, The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) will increase Metro Rail and bus service to handle all the crowds on New Year’s Eve. Attendees using the Metro Rail can park for free at either Park & Ride location: at UB’s South Campus on Main Street, or at the LaSalle Station, just North of Hertel Avenue. All Metro Bus and rail schedules can be found at http://metro.nfta.com/