Snooki's New Year's Eve Ball to Drop in New Jersey

New Year's Eve Will Go Down in New Jersey for Snooki
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi

updated 12/31/2010 AT 05:00 AM EST

originally published 12/30/2010 AT 10:50 AM EST

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi will drop inside a ball on New Year's Eve in a location where she has fallen before: The Jersey Shore.

Although it was reported earlier this month that the MTV reality star would ring in 2011 in New York City's Times Square, the location has been switched to Seaside Heights, N.J., where season 1 and the upcoming season 3 of Jersey Shore were filmed.

"We love our Times Square home and while we're disappointed there won't be a Snooki ball drop there, she cannot be denied," MTB said in a statement. "So we're taking a road trip to the place where it all began, Seaside Heights."

A ball big enough for the pint-sized reality star was spotted being assembled in the beach town – and photographed by TMZ.

The Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, co-producers of Times Square New Year's Eve, confirmed the reality star would not be taking the ultimate plunge at the New York celebration, according to Entertainment Weekly.

"It was never intended or requested for Snooki to be in the actual New Year's Eve Ball in Times Square," the producers say in a statement. "The request to have her in a separate ball on a set-back roof came too late and was too impractical to fit in to our outdoor events."

No word on if her costars, who planned to attempt a Guinness world record-breaking fist-pumping marathon, will hold up their end of the deal at MTV New Year's Bash 2011, which airs live on Dec. 31 (10:30 p.m. ET) on MTV.

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