ATLANTA-- On New Year's Eve at Underground Atlanta, nearly 200,000 people will be counting down at the same time. They'll all be following the same giant peach as it drops, so it better be timed correctly.
"It's a lot of pressure, it all comes down to that peach right there, and if it's late or doesn't come down that's a problem," said Entertainment Design Group's Gary Seputis. He's been responsible for the peach timing for the last 15 years. "We test it and test it and test it again; and make sure the timing is right and everything works perfectly."
The peach is wired to the permanent metal tower at Underground Atlanta. It takes 35 workers about three days to rig the stages, sound systems, graffiti and peach. Seputis said it's an honor to help with the setup.
"Thousands and thousands of people come here to fill the area," Seputis said. "The energy is incredible."
Driving near Underground starts being restricted by police at around 4:00 p.m.Monday. Those who have been to the Peach Drop a few times have one tip in particular: Don't wait until right before the drop to make it down to Underground.
"There's going to be a lot of people and it's going to be packed up and down the street," said Jessica White. "So your best bet is to get here before 8 p.m."
The main stage show begins at 6 p.m.