Happy New Year? Downtown Tempe's big bash to be 'scaled back' for 2017

Posted at 5:52 PM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-29 00:35:30-05

As the clock ticks toward midnight on New Year's Eve, Tempe's Mill Avenue will look and feel different than years past.

Kate Borders, president of the Downtown Tempe Authority, the organization that has put on the event for the past three years, said in a phone interview that this year's event would be "scaled back."

Mill Avenue will be closed and food trucks will be on site, but the various bars and restaurants will be planning their own parties, said Borders.

No fireworks show nor major artists to rock the Valley into 2017.

She said in order to put on the large-scale event the Valley is used to, they sold tickets and alcohol, which, according to her, competed with DTA's mission to support the local bars and restaurants that line downtown Tempe, and wasn't sustainable.