Major League Baseball announce two London games in 2019

Sherman Parsons
May 9, 2018

With AP Photos.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.

The teams were selected as the two participants in the first ever London Series, which will take place on June 29 and 30 of next year.

But it will not be the first time regular-season Major League Baseball matches will have been played outside the United States, with ties already having been staged in Mexico, Japan, Puerto Rico and Australia.

London already has a strong presence in both the National Football League and NBA.

Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that Oakland and Seattle will open next season at the Tokyo Dome on March 20-21. They are excited about the chance to meet new fans, and showcase the game they love. This series will surely be the most significant global event to date for Major League ball.

The seating plan at the London Stadium will be reconfigured to suit baseball, with an estimated capacity of 55,000 for both matches.

Red Sox owner John W. Henry said his team and the Yankees had been discussing the possibility of playing in London for several years.

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"We are bringing you one of the best rivalries in baseball", MLS Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday.

"The great thing about London is there are various sporting events taking place every day of the week", Khan told ESPN.

Though World Cup officials had been keen to make the logistics work in their bid to host matches at the London Stadium, the notion was eventually ruled out due to the awkward configuration required to fit the pitch into the venue without the setting sun impeding on play.

However, the venue has faced legacy concerns with London Mayor Sadiq Khan taking personal charge of the stadium's future following Newham Council's exit from ownership company E20 late previous year. "We expect an exciting and intense pair of games and appreciate the significance of representing our sport in such a meaningful way".

"Look, Red Sox-Yankees is always big, and obviously they're a great team".

Each Yankee and Red Sox player will receive an additional GBP 44,000 (USD 60,000) to play in London.

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