ST. LOUIS — The bitter rivalry between the Cubs and Cardinals, which dates back to 1892 and has seen nearly 2,500 head to head matchups, is heading to London in 2023.
The MLB Player Association and MLB announced Thursday that the two-game series between the Cubs and Cardinals will be played at the MLB London Series, which takes place at the baseball-configured London Stadium.
The 2023 MLB London Series marks baseball’s return to England, where the Yankees and Red Sox played the first regular-season games in Europe in June 2019. The 2020 MLB London Series was supposed to feature the Cubs and Cardinals, but they were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Cubs and Cardinals are engaged in a three game series at Busch Stadium. They have both previously played international regular season games. In 2019, St. Louis faced Cincinnati in Monterrey, Mexico in a two-game series. In 2019, St. Louis faced Cincinnati in a two-game series in Monterrey, Mexico.
These two iconic franchises will now play in England against each other at London Stadium. The stadium was built originally for the 2012 Summer Olympics. It can seat approximately 60,000 soccer matches. The venue, which has FieldTurf and measures 330ft down the lines and 385ft to the center with 16-foot walls, was particularly friendly to hitters when it hosted the Yankees’ 17-13 and 12-8 wins over the Red Sox in 2019. These games attracted crowds of 59.659 and 59.059 respectively. The stadium is expected to be packed again for the Cubs and Cardinals’ first European matchup.
“The Cardinals are excited and honored to be a part of the London Series next year,” Cardinals chairman and CEO William DeWitt Jr. said in a statement. “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. I have no doubt that the passionate sports fans in London will love these games, and we look forward to creating some new Cardinals fans overseas.”
Added Cubs executive chairman Tom Ricketts: “The MLB London Series between the Cubs and Cardinals has been in the works for years now, and we’re thrilled to finally be able to bring one of baseball’s biggest rivalries to fans abroad in 2023. We hope that this series not only excites and entertains, but brings more international sports fans to the game we all love.”
The 2023 London Series is part of the MLB WORLD TOUR, a slate of games that will bring MLB teams and superstar players to the league’s global fan base. The MLB WORLD TOUR represents MLB’s largest ever plan to play internationally, and it will feature 24 regular-season games and 16 exhibition games played throughout Asia, Mexico, Latin America and Europe through the 2026 season.