Red Sox, Yankees to play regular-season games in London in 2019

Boston Red Sox Starting Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez

The 2019 series, showcasing one of sport's fiercest rivalries, will be played on June 29 and June 30 at the London Stadium, the site of the 2012 Olympic Games, which will be configured for baseball, with an estimated capacity of 55,000.

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

But it will not be the first time regular-season Major League Baseball matches will have been played outside the United States, with ties already having been staged in Mexico, Japan, Puerto Rico and Australia.

The league then wants to return in 2020 and establish "a long-term footprint in the city".

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

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".

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 worldwide sport - the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

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Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred joined Khan at the Regent Street Cinema in London to announce the series. This series will surely be the most significant global event to date for Major League ball.

The New York Yankees, whose most recent World Series title came in 2009, are the most successful team in Major League Baseball history, with 27 World Series titles.

"In future years there may be many more games in London and maybe a baseball team permanently".

That the Sox and Yankees were chosen is a testament to their rivalry's resurgence. The Oakland A's and Seattle Mariners will also open the 2019 season at the Tokyo Dome in March. Two of the most recognizable teams are once again two of the best.

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

The British capital hosted its first regular-season National Basketball Association game in 2011.

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