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05/17/2007 5:07 PM ET
Empire State Building tower lights up for Subway Series
First-time ever iconic tower splits between two color schemes - - half Yankees colors half Mets colors to celebrate big city rivalry
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NEW YORK -- The Empire State Building announced today that it will be lighting its world-famous tower in honor of the Mets and Yankees "Subway Series" from Friday, May 18 to Sunday, May 20. Beginning on Friday, May 18, the north/south sides of the building will be lit in Yankees blue and white, while its east/west sides will be lit in Mets blue and orange. The team who wins the series will have its colors displayed on all four sides of the tower on Monday, May 21.

"For the first time in its history, the Empire State Building will split its tower lights -- half for the Yankees and half for the Mets -- in celebration of New York's biggest sports rivalry," said James Connors, General Manager for the Empire State Building. "When baseball fans look at the city skyline, they'll be able to root for their favorite team. And, it gives the players an extra boost -- at the end of the 'Subway Series,' the winning team claims the entire crown of New York City's greatest building."

Brief History of Empire State Building Lighting:
• In 1932, a searchlight beacon alerting people for 50 miles that Franklin D. Roosevelt had been elected president of the United States was the first light to shine on top of the Empire State Building.
• In 1976, colored lighting was first introduced and the tower was lit in red, white and blue to celebrate the American Bicentennial.
• In 1977, a lighting system, permitting a wider range of colors, was inaugurated and blue and white lights flashed to announce that the Yankees had won the World Series.

Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building is the World's Most Famous Office Building. With new investments in infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the Empire State Building has attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries from around the world. The skyscraper's robust broadcasting technology supports all major television and FM radio stations in the New York metropolitan market. The Empire State Building was recently named America's favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects.

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