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MLB announces first regular-season games in South Korea

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Major League Baseball has announced plans for its first regular-season fixtures in South Korea, with Seoul to host two games between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres on March 20-21 next year.

No venue has been confirmed but it has previously been reported that the Gocheok Sky Dome (pictured), home of KBO League team Kiwoom Heroes, will host the games.

The Seoul games will open the 2024 MLB season. MLB has also confirmed plans to return to Mexico City for a second consecutive season with a two-game set between the Houston Astros and the Colorado Rockies on April 27-28.

The Seoul and Mexico City events will join the already announced two-game series between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies at London Stadium on June 8-9. The three events will form part of the MLB World Tour.

In addition to the three regular-season series, the Boston Red Sox will meet the Tampa Bay Rays for a pair of Spring Training contests at Estadio Quisqueya in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic on March 9-10.

The season-opener in Seoul will mark the ninth time MLB has started its season outside the US and Canada. The most recent overseas season-opener came in 2019, when Tokyo hosted the Oakland Athletics vs Seattle Mariners.

Next year’s games will mark the Dodgers’ first international trip since playing the Padres in Monterrey, Mexico in 2018. The Padres participated in the 2023 regular-season series against the San Francisco Giants in Mexico City.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said: “Major League Baseball is incredibly excited for this extensive slate of international games in 2024. Our recent efforts have produced strong enthusiasm around the globe, and we look forward to building on that foundation with returns to Mexico City and London, while also opening the season in Korea for the first time.

“In addition, we can’t wait to celebrate the tradition of the sport in the Dominican Republic with our visit to Santo Domingo next March. We are thrilled that our fans across four different countries outside the United States and Canada will have the opportunity to see the game’s stars.”