Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Red Sox, Yankees to play regular-season games in London in 2019

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Sergio Cook | 09 May, 2018, 01:15

In fact, get ready for Red Sox vs Yankees baseball at London Stadium in June of 2019.

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.

Major League Baseball is set to emulate the NFL as of next year and set up shop in London.

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.

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

London will host three National Football League games this season, with the Philadelphia Eagles facing the Jaguars at Wembley and the Tennessee Titans taking on the Los Angeles Chargers at the same venue, while the Oakland Raiders and the Seattle Seahawks will face off at the soon-to-be-finished Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 14 October. They are aware they'll be a part of history, but they also know these games count.

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

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 could not be happier that Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. has been able to make this a reality.

Khan said: "London is the sporting capital of the world".

"There were significant challenges that had to be overcome", said Henry, also the owner of English Premier League side Liverpool. The stadium will have a capacity of 55,000 in a baseball configuration. "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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