New Year's Eve celebration moves from Brown's Island to Siegel Center

New Year's Eve celebration moves from Brown's Island to Siegel Center

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Thousands rang in 2015 at Brown's Island, but organizers say the event is going to have a new look for 2016.

More than 14,000 showed up for a New Year's Eve celebration on Brown's Island last year. Organizers RVA Mag and Fisher & Budd Venture LLC say while the party on Brown's Island was a success, there were several hurdles.

This year, the organizers are moving the party to the VCU Siegel Center. The crowd will have to be smaller, with a max capacity of 8,000 people, and older with attendees required to be at least 21 years old.

"People don't have to worry about the weather. It's 70 [degrees] and sunny everyday. There's plenty of room. There's plenty of parking. It's in a great location. Everyone knows the protocol on how to get here," says Hayden Fisher, one of the organizers.

Fisher says the Siegel Center approached them about holding the party there. He says it makes it much easier to set up the staging, music and catering. The party will also be able to last longer since it's indoors.

"We can just focus on promoting the event, making sure the brand is getting out there and people know what it is and focusing on the experience," he says.

The event will also be more expensive, with tickets costing $20 in advance and $30 at the door.

"We had tremendous feedback, but we're only upping the ante for this year coming up," says Jimmy Budd, another organizer.

Organizers are hoping, this will become Richmond's destination party to ring in each new year.

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