1. I bought a General Access ticket, but I'm not sure what the ticket includes.
Answer – General access tickets ensure a 9 p.m. entry time, mixed cocktails and drinks until 1:30a.m. and a premiere viewing spot to watch "The Drop" at midnight. Tickets also include a midnight champagne toast with party favors and stationary hors d'oeuvres served throughout the evening by The Whitney.
2. I'm considering purchasing a VIP Cabana however what does that exactly encompass?
Answer – Each VIP Cabana receives 10 tickets with a private seating area and an assigned hostess who will see to your every need for the evening. Bottle service includes two bottles as well as an exclusive hors d'oeuvres served by The Whitney specifically for your Cabana. Included mixed cocktails and drinks requested from the bar will be retrieved by your hostess until 1:30 a.m.. (Cash bar begins at 1:30 a.m.)
Specially designed VIP Cabanas for larger groups are available on a very limited basis. Please call us for details at 313-355-0413.
3. So is this Gala inside or outside?
Answer – Both! Your ticket price includes access to a secured area outside that will allow you to come and go from the elegant atrium as often as you please.
4. How should I dress? Is there a dress code?
Answer – There is no hard and fast dress code at The Drop but here is our advice…
Ladies: Chic evening attire or that classic little black dress in the closet will do just fine.
Guys: Dress to impress the ladies and that means no team jerseys and no T-shirts. (Entry will be denied.) Smart cocktail or evening attire is required. While a dress jacket/shirt (tie optional) and nice denim goes a long way, you may comfortably consider a suit or a tux for the evening.
5. Will there be food at the event?
Answer – Yes, we will have stationary hors d'oeuvres throughout the evening served by the iconic The Whitney in Detroit Michigan. (You need to check this place out. Great food within a great atmosphere makes for some Detroit’s most elegant dining.)
6. Will there be a balloon drop and confetti storm at midnight?
Answer – Yes, but only at some other random <insert whatever name you like> ballroom party, not at “The Drop.” There isn't a ballroom in Michigan big enough to house what you will be witnessing this New Year's Eve! We’re much cooler than that; we're shutting down streets!
7. I was at the event last year and it was a blast. Will it be the same this year?
Answer – Simply put, no. Our goal is to make this year’s event bigger and better. The event has expanded to allow for more revelers and the entire “D” and “The Drop” has been re-engineered. Due to its increased footprint and height as well as added supporting elements, we are shutting down streets to accommodate the growth.
8. I would like to bring my girlfriend with me but she won’t turn 21 until after the New Year.
Can she accompanying me as I’m over 21? Do you have an under 21 badge?
Answer – We’re sorry but this is a 21+ event. Of course, both of you are more than welcome to join the celebration and witness the “D” drop from outside the gala.
9. Is this event open to the public?
Answer – This event is for everyone. We welcome anyone who would like to come down and celebrate with us. There is no charge for entry to any area surrounding the “The Drop.” Motor City New Year’s Eve - The Drop is dedicated to Detroit and all its surrounding communities.
10. This is your third year and you’re expanding again? How can this be happening in Detroit?
Answer – That is an excellent question. New Year’s Eve - 2011 was our inaugural event and we sold out surprisingly fast. In addition, almost 5,000 people showed up to witness the “D” drop at midnight. It was a humble beginning for sure, but it was also the beginning of new tradition. For our second year, the gala sold out even faster and we attracted nearly 10,000 people to witness history in the making again. This brings us to our second point and standing philosophy: Be aware of the negatives but focus and amplify the positives. Those in the know - know that Detroit is rebuilding.
11. Your FAQ’s are kind of weird. Are you being serious?
Answer – Yes. We love to have fun here at “The Drop” but at the end of the day we are not only serious but extremely proud of our city and of this new tradition. In fact, you humble us every time you purchase a ticket. We take great pride to ensure that you will be attending a proper and elegantly designed event.
For us, good enough is not good enough. We strive for excellence. We strive to put on one hell of a celebration to show the world our proud Detroit spirit! At the end of the day, all of this is for you. Viva Detroit!