For the last eight years, tens of thousands of North Texans flocked to American Airlines Center in downtown Dallas to ring in the new year at the city's signature Big D NYE celebration. But if that's what you're planning to do to usher in 2016, you'll want to start making other arrangements.
Big D NYE will not take place this year.
This isn't exactly breaking news -- WFAA, the event's production company, announced in January that its partnership with American Airlines Center dissolved, leaving the party and the station without a venue. Forget about that? We did too.
American Airlines Center will not host another New Year's Eve party, says the center's market manager Kenneth Velez.
Not all is lost though. Jim Glass, Big D NYE's executive director, said the chances of the event returning to ring in 2017 are "quite good." Sponsors as well as the 25-plus television stations that syndicate Big D NYE are interested in bringing the show back, but it may be easier said than done, he says.
Glass and his team have been scouring more than 25 venues to find the celebration a proper home. But because WFAA is hardwired into Victory Park, the move may cost $75,000-$100,000 in technology alone, Glass says. A new venue must also cultivate a festive atmosphere for Big D NYE's 40,000 something attendees and be willing to host the event for several years running.
"We do not want to be forced to move locations every few years because someone changes their mind -- decides to construct a building on that space -- or wants to renegotiate the original business arrangement," Glass said by email. "We also need a location that shares the same level of enthusiasm, passion and pride to host the event as we do in planning, executing and broadcasting it."
Despite the hurdles, Glass anticipates Big D NYE's return in 2016.
"At this point, our plans are to produce an event and television show in 2016 that is on the same level as our past productions -- if not better," he says.