Cardinals, Cubs to contest MLB London Series in 2020

10 Jun 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs have been confirmed as the two Major League Baseball (MLB) teams that will contest the league’s London Series in 2020.

The two-game series will take place at London Stadium on 13th-14th June next year. The 2020 games will wrap up a two-year agreement MLB signed with the City of London in 2018.

This year’s inaugural MLB London Series takes place on 29th-30th June at London Stadium and will be contested by the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. In addition to the games, MLB will host events such as youth initiatives and fan festivities around London.

On next year’s Cardinals-Cubs match-up, London Stadium Chief Executive Graham Gilmore said: “Their sporting rivalry is world-renowned and the games will provide a great follow-up to this summer’s clash between the Red Sox and Yankees.

“London Series ‘19 will be one of the biggest sporting events this summer, a natural fit for London Stadium’s track record of bringing global events to London. We look forward to working with MLB to cement the venue as the home of baseball in Europe.”

Canadian telecommunications firm Mitel was announced as the title partner of the first two MLB London Series in 2019 and 2020 back in November. The deal builds on a partnership signed earlier in the year, which named Mitel as MLB’s Official Technology & Communications Partner.

Meanwhile, MLB partner Taco Bell has announced plans to bring its ‘Steal a Base, Steal a Taco’ promotion to the UK to mark this month’s London Series. As part of the promotion, the first player on either team to successfully record a stolen base will win everyone in the UK a free Taco Bell crunchy taco at their local Taco Bell restaurant.

Once the first base is stolen, UK fans will be invited to pick up one free Taco Bell crunchy taco on Thursday 4th July from 2pm to 6pm at all 38 Taco Bell restaurants, while stocks last.

The UK promotion follows a long-standing relationship between MLB and Taco Bell in the US, where the programme has been running for more than 10 years.