Major League Baseball (MLB) confirmed this week that it will stage two regular season games at West Ham’s London Stadium. Fierce rivals Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will face each other twice next year on 29th and 30th June, marking the first time any MLB games have been played in Europe.

MLB confirmed that a two-year commitment to London was in place and will include another series in 2020. The league also added that it will be launching a range of initiatives and campaigns to establish a long-term footprint in the city.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said: “We hope this series will be the beginning of a relationship with London that persists and a continuation of increasing exposure for Major League Baseball in Europe.”

The announcement comes just months after the NFL confirmed one league game between Oakland Raiders and the Seattle Seahawks will be played at Tottenham’s new stadium. The NFL has played regular-season games in London since 2007, holding 18 games at Wembley and three at Twickenham.