Hall of Famers Dwight Gooden and Rusty Staub will serve as judges for Banner Day on May 27, alongside WFAN radio personalities Howie Rose and Evan Roberts, the Mets announced Sunday morning.
Prior to the 1:10 ET p.m. game between the Mets and Padres at Citi Field on May 27, the judges will pick three finalists, then fans texting at the ballpark and voting at home via Twitter and Facebook will help decide the winner. The grand prize will be a trip for two to the Mets' Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, Fla., in 2013.
The Mets also announced the guidelines for the return of Banner Day x-on Sunday, reinstating the Mets' tradition from 1963-96, when fans paraded around the field with homemade banners supporting the team. Registration begins at 10 a.m. on May 27, and space is limited. Tickets are on sale now. x-on Mets.com and by phone at (718) 507-TIXX.
According to the guidelines, Banner Day participants must have tickets to the day's game and check in at the Bullpen Plaza on 126th Street at 37th Avenue. Their banners must celebrate the Mets' 50th anniversary; express their favorite memories or moments in franchise history; be at least 22 inches by 28 inches in size; and not contain vulgar or abusive language, commercial messages, websites or Twitter handles, though commercially produced banners are allowed.
Only the fans required to carry the banners will be allowed on the field, with a maximum of four per banner, and the Mets reserve the right to deny access to any banner or person considered inappropriate.
Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.