Yankees and Red Sox to play in London next year

This is the Yankees’ chance to blow past the Red Sox

This is the Yankees’ chance to blow past the Red Sox

Though World Cup officials had been keen to make the logistics work in their bid to host matches at the London Stadium, the notion was eventually ruled out due to the awkward configuration required to fit the pitch into the venue without the setting sun impeding on play.

The Red Sox will be the home team for the two-game series, the first Major League Baseball games to be played in Europe. Boston will be the home team for both of MLB's first games in Europe on June 29 and 30, 2019.

"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". Three more National Football League games are scheduled for this year, including one at Tottenham's new stadium.

The MLB is the third major USA league to cross the Atlantic, with the National Basketball Association and NFL having already established themselves in London.

"The stadium infrastructure in this city gives Major League Baseball every opportunity to put on a first-class event".

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Commissioner Manfred said: "Major League Baseball is excited to be bringing one of the most storied rivalries in sports to the passionate fans of London". The Oakland A's and Seattle Mariners will also open the 2019 season at the Tokyo Dome in March.

Red Sox owner John W. Henry said his team and the Yankees had been discussing the possibility of playing in London for several years. There were significant challenges that had to be overcome. The estimated capacity of London Stadium for the series will be 55,000. This series will surely be the most significant global event to date for Major League ball.

"A great reason to come to London and to see these two great teams play in this venue".

Major League Baseball officials, along with Red Sox and Yankees brass held a joint press conference this morning to make the big announcement.

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