Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Yankees, Red Sox to Play in London in 2019

Yankees, Red Sox to Play in London in 2019

London's Olympic Stadium may not have been deemed suitable to host any Cricket World Cup matches next summer, but the venue holds no such concerns for Major League Baseball, which has confirmed it will stage two matches between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox next summer.

The NFL has played regular-season games in London since 2007, holding 18 games at Wembley and three at Twickenham.

"We are bringing you one of the best rivalries in baseball", MLS Commissioner Rob Manfred said on Tuesday. The United Kingdom will follow other worldwide venues that have hosted regular season Major League games, joining Mexico, Japan, Puerto Rico and Australia. Major League Baseball says it is also "committed to playing in London in 2020 and our intention is to establish a long-term footprint in the city".

Get ready for Major League Baseball at London Stadium in June of 2019.

The announcement of MLB's arrival in London comes in the wake of discussions between Rob Manfred, the sport's commissioner, and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and follows the successful introduction of other U.S. sports into the capital.

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The arrival of the game in London follows talks with Sadiq Khan when he became mayor in 2016.

"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 worldwide sport".

"All the hard work has paid off", said Khan, describing it as an "historic" partnership. "I can't wait to hear someone shout "play ball" at London Stadium".

"With the success of National Football League and NBA here, London is now the major hub for American sport outside the U.S.".

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