Red Sox, Yankees to play regular-season games in London in 2019

by Olga Hunt May 9, 2018, 0:50
Red Sox, Yankees to play regular-season games in London in 2019

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will face each other in two regular-season games at the Olympic Stadium in London next year.

A test of the appetite for the London venture is that the two fixtures will clash with key World Cup cricket matches, with Australia and New Zealand playing a day-nighter at Lord's, also in London, on June 29, before England meet India at Edgbaston in Birmingham the following day.

London Stadium holds 55,000 people and is the home for West Ham United Football Club.

Britain will now join other worldwide venues to have hosted regular-season games, along with Mexico, Japan, Puerto Rico and Australia.

A two-year deal has been agreed that will include another series in London in 2020, with participating teams to be announced, and other initiatives that will aim to establish a footprint in the city.

"The stadium infrastructure in this city gives Major League Baseball every opportunity to put on a first-class event", Manfred added.

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It will be the first time a Sox-Yankees game will be played somewhere other than Boston or NY. "So fans can expect intense competition during what will surely be a great few days in London".

"Really pleased that we've secured MLB games in London for 2019 & 2020 - the first city to host a Major League Baseball game in Europe", London's mayor Sadiq Khan said in a tweet.

"All the hard work has paid off", said Khan, describing it as an "historic" partnership.

But the London Series 2019 marks the advent of Major League Baseball regular season games in Europe.

Each Yankee and Red Sox player will receive an additional GBP 44,000 (USD 60,000) to play in London. There were significant challenges that had to be overcome. This series will surely be the most significant global event to date for Major League ball. "It won't just be a great live experience for those who get a ticket for the London Stadium, but also I am sure that the match, the game on TV or radio or on the web will be fantastic as well". "So we understand there will be a lot of excitement around it", said Yankees manager Aaron Boone on Sunday.

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