MLB confirms two London games

09 May 2018

By: Sport Industry Group

Major League Baseball (MLB) has confirmed that it will stage two regular season games in London in 2019.

The two games will be hosted at Premier League side West Ham United’s home ground, the London Stadium.

New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will face each other twice on 29th and 30th June 2019, marking the first MLB games to be played in Europe.

The baseball league has signed a two-year commitment to London, which will include another series in 2020. MLB also stated it would be launching a range of initiatives to “establish a long-term footprint in the city.”

MLB matches have been hosted outside the US, with Mexico, Japan, Puerto Rico and, most recently, in Australia in 2014.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said: "Major League Baseball is excited to be bringing one of the most storied rivalries in sports to the passionate fans of London.

"In our ongoing efforts to grow baseball, there is nothing as impactful as bringing live games and our talented players to fans. This is our most significant endeavour ever in Europe and we look forward to showcasing Major League Baseball in one of the world's great cities."

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan added: "I am absolutely delighted that we have secured this historic agreement for Major League Baseball to come to London in 2019 and 2020.

"All the hard work has paid off. There is no better way to start the London Series and the first Major League Baseball fixture in Europe than a clash between two heavyweights of international sport - the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

"This is a major coup demonstrating, once again, that London is the sporting capital of the world and I am excited about a new partnership with MLB and the long-term future of this sport in our great city."

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