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2 million in Times Square for New Year's? Experts say no way

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2016 file photo, Andrew Dickens, 21, of Toledo, Ohio, stands with other revelers during the New Year's Eve celebration in New ...
FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2017 file photo, revelers celebrate the new year as confetti flies over New York's Times Square. Year after year, people watchi...
FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2016 file photo, confetti falls during one of the hourly countdowns as revelers take part in a New Year's Eve celebration in N...

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2016 file photo, Andrew Dickens, 21, of Toledo, Ohio, stands with other revelers during the New Year's Eve celebration in New ...

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2017 file photo, revelers celebrate the new year as confetti flies over New York's Times Square. Year after year, people watchi...

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2016 file photo, confetti falls during one of the hourly countdowns as revelers take part in a New Year's Eve celebration in N...

NEW YORK (AP) — Officials frequently say that as many as 2 million people will pack New York City's Times Square for New Year's Eve.

But is it possible? Crowd-size experts say no way.

Crowd science professor G. Keith Still says the real Times Square ball drop crowd likely has fewer than 100,000 people.

Nevertheless, city officials and event organizers continue to float mammoth crowd estimates.

The Times Square Alliance, which runs the ball drop, says the estimates come from the New York City Police Department.

New York University professor Charles Seife says the city has an interest in promoting a bigger number.

He says it "helps cement the image of New York City as the center of the universe."


Updated : 2021-02-26 01:36 GMT+08:00