New York Yankees to play games in London

Michael Kay

Major League Baseball had planned to host regular-season matches in London in 2017, but these were abandoned due to time constraints.

The 2019 matches are set for June 29-30, with the Red Sox designated as the home team, in what will be the first regular-season Major League Baseball fixtures staged in Europe.

"We hope this series will be the beginning of a relationship with London that persists and a continuation of increasing exposure for Major League Baseball in Europe". "We look forward to welcoming Major League Baseball, teams and fans to London Stadium for the first year of what we hope to be a fruitful, long term partnership".

Commissioner Manfred said: "Major League Baseball is excited to be bringing one of the most storied rivalries in sports to the passionate fans of London". There were significant challenges that had to be overcome. "All the hard work has paid off", Khan said. This series will surely be the most significant worldwide event to date for Major League ball.

Red Sox owner John W. Henry said his team and the Yankees had been discussing the possibility of playing in London for several years. "We expect an exciting and intense pair of games and appreciate the significance of representing our sport in such a meaningful way".

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

"One of the important factors was that John and Hal had been talking about this possibility for a very long time". Two of the most recognizable teams are once again two of the best.

London has oftentimes played host to middling or low-level teams for its NFL and NBA games, but MLB appears to be going all in by showcasing its premier rivalry in the form of the Yankees against the Red Sox.

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

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