The much-anticipated fixture, forming MLB’s London Series 2019, will see the sport played in the UK for the first time over the weekend of June 28-29. MLB has played regular season games in Mexico, Japan, Australia and Puerto Rico, but have never ventured to Europe – this will be the first time that the Yankees and Red Sox rivalry has been contested outside of the USA.
Graham Gilmore, CEO of London Stadium 185, commented: “As a venue, we are immensely proud to be hosting the MLB’s international series at London Stadium in 2019. The event will see London Stadium further its aims to become the most widely used stadium in Europe, having hosted Premier League football, world athletics, international and domestic rugby union and league, Race of Champions in 2015 and inviting some of the world’s biggest musical names to perform in concert at the venue each summer.
“Our team delivered what has been widely lauded as the best IAAF World Athletics Championships and the IPC World Para Athletics Championships in 2017, and we have scheduled our most expansive concert series yet for the summer of 2018. We are relishing the opportunity to work with MLB for their international series next summer.
“The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox rekindling their rivalry in the UK for the very first time, at London Stadium, will provide yet another incredible sporting spectacle which the entire city can be proud of. We look forward to welcoming the MLB, teams and fans to London Stadium for the first year of what we hope to be a fruitful, long term partnership.”
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan added: “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. I’m committed – as is MLB – to ensure baseball has a long-term future over many years in London.”