NEW YORK: Major League Baseball (MLB) has confirmed that it will be hosting its opening games of the 2019 regular season in March once again in Japan with MGM Resorts, the American sports betting and gaming operator as its title sponsor, Forbes reports.
The MGM MLB Opening Series will be played in the Tokyo Dome that features the Oakland A’s and the Seattle Mariners. This will be first activation and extension of the significant league partnership announced by MLB and MGM Resorts International in November 2018.
As part of that activation, there will be a visible presence around the ballpark, as well as a patch on the uniform for the Oakland A's specifically for the Japan leg.
“In just a few months as partners, MGM Resorts has really embraced this relationship and expanded their presence in the league,” MLB executive VP of Commerce Noah Garden told the business magazine.
“MGM Resorts will have a great opportunity to engage with and experience the extraordinary passion of baseball fans in Japan. We’re excited to have our new partners become such a significant part of our games in Tokyo.”
“We are very excited to partner with MLB and the MLBPA to deliver a one-of-a-kind fan experience that celebrates baseball in Japan,” MGM Resorts chairman and CEO Jim Murren added.
“We look forward to giving fans a unique experience to participate in baseball activities in and out of the Tokyo Dome.”
With the 2019 series, Major League Baseball has now opened the season eight times in international markets. The other instances have been Monterrey, Mexico (1999); Tokyo (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012); San Juan, Puerto Rico (2001); and Sydney, Australia (2014).