Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association, as expected, have officially settled on the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals to play the second iteration of the London Series next year at London Stadium.
The Cubs and Cardinals are scheduled to play on June 13-14, 2020, in London Stadium, marking a reprisal of a Mitel-sponsored London Series set to debut later this month. The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are set to play June 29-30 in the former main venue for the 2012 Summer Olympics, marking MLB’s first-ever regular season games played in Europe.
The London Series was always set to run over the course of at least two seasons following an agreement struck between the league and City of London last year. And after beginning this year with the sport’s foremost rivalry, contrasting sharply with the often sub-par pairings the NFL has staged for its London games in recent years, the Cubs-Cardinals matchup for 2020 is not far off.
The two clubs have been fierce rivals for more than 125 years with the Cubs standing as a charter member of the National League in 1876, and the Cardinals joining the NL in 1892. Chicago and St. Louis have also been perennially among baseball’s most popular teams across a series of metrics including local TV ratings, merchandise sales, and social media followings. The London contests will be considered home games for St. Louis, and like the Red Sox this year, the club will be financially compensated for the loss of two dates at Busch Stadium.
“The Cardinals-Cubs rivalry is one of the best in sports, and it will be exciting to bring it to Europe for a new audience to experience,” said Bill DeWitt Jr., Cardinals’ chairman and chief executive.