One of the MLB's most heated rivalries will be sent overseas next season.
The Yankees and Red Sox will play a two-game series at Olympic Stadium in London on June 29-30, 2019, which marks the first ever games played in Europe. The estimated total capacity for the stadium, which will be reconfigured into a baseball field, will be 55,000. This series is the first in a two-year deal that will featured a different set of teams in 2020.
"Major League Baseball is excited to be bringing one of the most storied rivalries in sports to the passionate fans of London," MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said during the announcement. "In our ongoing efforts to grow baseball, there is nothing as impactful as bringing live games and our talented players to fans. 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."
Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner also spoke at the announcement, and he couldn't be more ecstatic to bring his team over to Europe.
"To have the opportunity to participate in this historic baseball endeavor and showcase our game in London is something our entire organization is thrilled to be a part of," he said. "Bringing these storied teams together for British fans -- who have such a profound appreciation for sports at the highest level -- only adds to the unique allure of one of the world's greatest sporting rivalries. We expect an exciting and intense pair of games and appreciate the significance of representing our sport in such a meaningful way."
The MLB has played games in Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Australia in the past. The latest international series was the Padres and Dodgers down in Monterrey, Mexico (May 4-6).