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11/7/2013 12:34 P.M. ET

Mets to host 2014 Opening Day anthem singer search Nov. 21 at Citi Field

First 100 to Arrive at Hodges VIP Guaranteed an Audition; More Information at Mets.com/anthemsearch

FLUSHING, N.Y., November 7, 2013 - The New York Mets today announced they are hosting an Anthem Search on Thursday, November 21 at Citi Field with the winner performing the National Anthem on Opening Day, March 31 when the Mets play the Washington Nationals.

Auditions for the general public will take place Thursday, November 21 at Citi Field starting at 10:00 a.m. The first 100 performers to arrive at Hodges VIP are guaranteed an audition to sing a song of their choice - excluding the National Anthem - a cappella. Season Ticket Holders will start their auditions at 9:00 a.m.

Judges will select finalists to advance to the final round of auditions which will take place at Citi Field in the weeks leading up to the start of the season. Mets staff will select one winner to perform the National Anthem on Opening Day.

Previous Anthem Search winners include Pia Toscano, who finished in ninth place on the 2011 edition of American Idol. Others who have performed the National Anthem before Mets games include: Marc Anthony, Kristin Chenoweth, Glenn Close, Sheryl Crow, Art Garfunkel, Wyclef Jean, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Branford Marsalis, Brian McKnight, Aaron Neville, *NSYNC, Yitzhak Pearlman, Rihanna, Emmy Rossum, Carly Simon, Carly Rose Sonenclar, the casts of West Side Story, Hair, Mamma Mia! and South Pacific, and many others.

The auditions are free and open to all ages. Those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 

For more information on the Anthem Search, visit Mets.com/anthemsearch. 

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