NEW YORK -- Banner Day has new life, and now an official date. The Mets announced Wednesday that they will revive the tradition of Banner Day prior to their 1:10 p.m. ET game against the Padres at Citi Field on Sunday, May 27.
The Mets revealed earlier this offseason that they were planning to revive Banner Day, an annual tradition that began during the club's formative years at the Polo Grounds and continued at Shea Stadium through 1996. Each year, fans would create homemade banners out of bed sheets, then parade around the field with them, originally between games of doubleheaders.
This year's revival, spurred in part by fan petitioning, is part of the team's season-long 50th Anniversary celebration. The Mets are asking fans to illustrate their favorite memories and moments in franchise history on their banners. Fans can also visit the team's anniversary website, Mets50.com, to share their favorite photos and memories from past Banner Days.
The Mets plan to announce more details, including guest judges, prizes and logistics, in the weeks leading up to the event.
Tickets for Banner Day are on sale now through the Mets 50th Anniversary Banner Day Pack. The five-game pack starts at $50 and includes Banner Day against the Padres, as well as games against the Giants (Saturday, April 21), Reds (Friday, June 15) and Marlins (Thursday, Aug. 9 and Friday, Sept. 21).
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.