Red Sox-Yankees Will Play Two Games In London In 2019

Red Sox-Yankees Will Play Two Games In London In 2019

Red Sox-Yankees Will Play Two Games In London In 2019

The London Stadium was considered as a venue for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, but was not one of the 11 grounds named in April.

The Yankees host the Red Sox this week in a three-game series.

Britain will follow other global venues that have hosted regular-season Major League games, joining Mexico, Japan, Puerto Rico and Australia.

As part of the two-year deal another series will be played in London in 2020.

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Baseball is following in the footsteps of American football, which has regularly held National Football League (NFL) games in England since 2007.

He told the London Evening Standard: "Since I became mayor, I have been determined to bring baseball to our city and I am really pleased we have been able to reach what is an historic agreement".

"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", he said.

The two rivals will square off in Major League Baseball's first games in Europe on June 29 and 20, 2019, with Boston the home team for both tilts.

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"Some of the most talented and dynamic players in the world will be playing in these games", said Tony Clark, Executive Director of the MLB Players Association. "I can't wait to hear someone shout "play ball" at London Stadium".

The rivalry between two of the sport's most successful teams stretches back more than a century and is widely regarded as the most passionate in baseball. The Red Sox have won eight times, most recently in 2013.

Major League Baseball is set to emulate the NFL as of next year and set up shop in London. The Yankees opened the 2004 season with a two-game series against the Rays and the Red Sox opened the 2008 season with two games against the Oakland Athletics.

However, plans to stage regular season games in the British capital in the 2016 season were abandoned.

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The NBA and National Hockey League have also held regular-season games in London.

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