Yankees tell MLB they want to play in first major league games in Paris
The New York Yankees have informed Major League Baseball that they would like to be involved when the league plays its first-ever games in Paris in 2025. according to the Associated Press. The Los Angeles Dodgers have already expressed interest in the Paris games.
“That’s cool. That sounds pretty exciting,” Yankees ace Gerrit Cole told The Associated Press. “It’s going to be a really special opportunity.”
As part of the new collective bargaining agreement, MLB and the MLB Players Association have agreed to play a series of games internationally, and Paris is on the list of destinations. Paris games are scheduled for June 2025. MLB also plans to play games in the Dominican Republic, London, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Paris and the Dominican Republic are new destinations.
The Paris matches would be played at the Stade de France, an 80,000-seat stadium which opened in 1998 and is home to France’s national football and rugby teams. In 2019, the Yankees and Boston Red Sox played two games in London. These were MLB’s first games in Europe and they were played at London Stadium, another converted football facility.
MLB hasn’t played a game outside of the United States or Canada since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The league is planning a return to London in 2023. MLB has also played regular season games in Australia, Japan, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
The NBA played a game in Paris in January 2020 and will return in 2023. Paris will also host the 2024 Summer Olympics.