The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees Major League Baseball teams will play an historic two-game series in London in 2019.
Marking MLB’s first games ever played in Europe, the 2019 series will be played on June 29-30 at the London Stadium, home of West Ham United FC.
The estimated capacity of London Stadium for the series will be 55,000.
The UK will follow other international venues that have hosted regular season Major League games, joining Mexico, Japan, Puerto Rico and Australia.
The parties have agreed to a two-year deal that will include another series in London in 2020, with participating teams to be announced, and other initiatives that will aim to establish a footprint in the city.
Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr 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 endeavor ever in Europe and we look forward to showcasing Major League Baseball in one of the world’s great cities.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:
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.