One of the greatest rivalries in sports and two of Major League Baseball’s most storied franchises are heading to Europe.
Commissioner Rob Manfred announced today that the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will play two games in London on June 29th and 30th, 2019. Joining Manfred in a joint press conference were Mayor Sadiq Khan, Tim Slavin, chief of business affairs and senior counsel for the MLB Players Association, Red Sox owner John Henry and Yankees general partner’s Hal Steinbrenner and Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindalheading. Major League Baseball first met with London officials in 2016 with the idea of playing regular season baseball in Europe and two years later it has become a reality. “We hope that this series will be the beginning of a relationship with London that persist and a continuation of increased exposure for Major League Baseball in Europe” Manfred stated with his opening remarks during the announcement.
The historic two game set will take place at London Stadium. With a crowd capacity of 55,000, it is located 6 miles (10 km) east of Central London and was home of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
The series next June is part of a two-year commitment to play in London, with the teams for the 2020 games to be determined. Khan stated it was his intention to have Major League Baseball in London on a regular basis
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