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Oh Say Can You Sing?

January 28, 2013 - International League (IL) Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

MOOSIC, Pa. - The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are welcoming the NEPA area to audition to sing the National Anthem before RailRiders' games this upcoming season in the brand new PNC Field. Tryouts will be held at the Steamtown Mall in downtown Scranton on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Soloists, duets, groups, and instrumentalists are welcomed to audition. A celebrity judge panel will select the lucky contestants who will get to showcase their talents in front of thousands at PNC Field, beginning in April. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's favorite mascot, CHAMP, will be on hand to entertain fans. Due to a conflict of interest, he cannot try out himself, but he will sign autographs and partake in all the fun.

"We want the public to be an integral part of the ballpark experience at PNC Field," said RailRiders president and general manager, Rob Crain. "There's not much in this world more personal and touching than singing in front of thousands of your neighbors, co-workers and friends while honoring our country."

Reservations to try out will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in trying out can e-mail RailRiders community relations manager, Ryan Beardsley, at rbeardsley@swbrailriders.com or call him directly at (570) 969-2255 ext. 3140. Reservations will be taken until Feb. 6, but they will close once spots fill up. There will be a stand-by line for those who did not register in advance, however registered performers will be the only ones guaranteed an audition.

The RailRiders' 2013 season gets underway with the grand opening of a reconstructed PNC Field on April 4 when the defending IL champion Pawtucket Red Sox come to town for a rematch of their 2012 playoff clash with SWB. It will mark the first "Thirsty Thursday" promotion of the year with $1 beer specials and $1 Pepsi products along with a pre-game live band performance and post-game fireworks. Club seating, partial and full-season ticket plans are now available.

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