Party planners say three years ago, when they first started planning Tulsa’s New Year’s Eve Party, downtown couldn't handle a party like it. Now, with the opening of dozens of new restaurants and bars, the people who put on the show have decided this was the year to make a big move. “It feels like downtown is open to the public. It feels more open. Everybody likes downtown. It's kind of become that new place to hang out,” Event creator and producer Lisa Hardin told FOX233. Tulsa promoters like it too. “This is yet one more opportunity for us to show how fantastic downtown Tulsa is,” Delise Tomlinson, Director of Downtown Development with the Tulsa Metro Chamber, said. Maybe no one likes it more than businesses that rely on Tulsans and visitors coming downtown for their entertainment. “New Years Eve looks like it's going to be a fantastic night, we've been sold out for several weeks,” Tyler Lamm, General Manager of the downtown Courtyard hotel, said. Sold out is much better than what the Courtyard had on the books a year ago. “We were about 65 percent occupied last year (for New Year’s Eve).” Lamm says his hotel and the entire city will be buzzing. “That energy is very different from last year,” he said. New Year’s Eve organizers are hoping 25,000 people welcome 2012 on 2nd Street this year. “We have a street party which is free to the public, all ages can come out, and we have a great band by the name of Sucker Punch that plays on the street,” Hardin said. There is also a VIP party that costs money, but folks are also welcome to explore the blue dome district. “They can certainly go into the different bars and restaurants, and we encourage that,” Hardin said. Things kick off at 9:00 Saturday night. 2nd Street between Elgin and Greenwood will be closed for the event. Fireworks are also part of the festivities; they'll go off once the ball drops.
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