New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox went head-to-head for two consecutive games in the MLB London Series. These games were played on June 29 and June 30. The two clashes, which took place at London Stadium, were the first regular-season matches to ever take place in Europe. The London Stadium hosted the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. However, London seemed to have profited to an extent by hosting the two MLB games. According to a recent survey, the city's economy has been raised by £37 million ($48 million/€43 million) because of the two Major League Baseball (MLB) teams.
As per a recent survey carried out by YouGov, the rest of United Kingdom (except London) had an economic benefit of £9.5 million ($12.3 million/€11 million). There were a total of 120,000 tickets sold for the two games and 30,000 amongst those were bought by the travelling fans. As reported, 79 per cent of visiting fans stated that they would recommend London as a tourist spot. The survey further added that 86 per cent of people rated London Stadium and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park very highly.
A time lapse realised by MLB (Major League Baseball) London shows how the Olympic stadium was transformed into a baseball field.— Sky News (@SkyNews) June 29, 2019
The conversion is for a two game series between New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox https://t.co/a0L4RFu1vI pic.twitter.com/6owWcxde1g
Lyn Garner, the chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, stated that London Stadium's flexibility and versatility can attract events such as the World Athletics Championship. Garner added that MLB is a sport which brings thousands of visitors and many of them are from around the world. Because of this, millions of pounds are generated in the economy.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox ahead of their game at the London Stadium.— The Royal Family Channel (@RoyalFamilyITNP) July 1, 2019
Prince Harry and Meghan were presented with baseball shirts for baby Archie by both teams, before posing for photos.#MLBLondonSeries #BostonRedSox #nyyankees pic.twitter.com/uzR7bq5edD