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It’s the home of a Premier League football club and hosted the best athletes in the world during the 2012 Olympic Games.

Now the London Stadium has been transformed into a baseball ground as two of the sport’s biggest clubs prepare for a historic series in the capital.

The venue, where West Ham play their home games, is hosting two matches between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox this Saturday and Sunday.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28:  David Hale #75 of the New York Yankees takes part in a team workout on the field during previews ahead of the MLB London Series games between Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees at London Stadium on June 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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Yankees pitcher David Hale warmed up on the pitch on Friday
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28:  Boston Red Sox players take part in a team workoutk on the field during previews ahead of the MLB London Series games between Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees at London Stadium on June 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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Boston Red Sox players took part in a workout at the stadium

It will be the first time Major League Baseball (MLB) has ventured into Europe for regular season games, having previously played in Mexico, Japan, Australia, and Puerto Rico.

England and Manchester City footballer Raheem Sterling met some of the players at the stadium as they got used to their new surroundings on Friday.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28:  Raheem Sterling of England and Manchester City speaks with CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees on the field during previews ahead of the MLB London Series games between Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees at London Stadium on June 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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England footballer Raheem Sterling spoke with Yankees star CC Sabathia at the stadium
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28:  A general view of the stadium during previews ahead of the MLB London Series games between Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees at London Stadium on June 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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The London series takes place this Saturday and Sunday

The Duke of Sussex is due to attend the series in support of the Invictus Games Foundation, with former competitors from both the USA and UK set to take part as the ceremonial first pitch is thrown.

The Yankees currently top the American League West division, with reigning World Series champions Boston in third place.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28:  The New York Yankees players line up for a team photograph on the field during previews ahead of the MLB London Series games between Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees at London Stadium on June 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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The New York Yankees line up for a team photograph

Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes said: “It’s one of the biggest rivalries that we have going over to play the first games in Europe. At the end of the day, though, it is a business trip.

“Those are two big games for us, given where we are in the standings and where they are.”

File photo dated 17-06-2019 of Preparations are made to transform the London Stadium in London from a football pitch to a baseball field, ahead of the first regular season Major League Baseball series to occur in Europe, when Boston Red Sox play New York Yankees.
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It took three weeks to convert the London Stadium into a baseball ground

More than 141,900 square feet of artificial turf has been installed on top of the grass surface at the London Stadium to create the diamond shaped baseball field.

Four hundred metres of fencing have been installed, while a batter’s eye – the screen placed in the line of sight of a baseball batter – batting cages, dugouts and temporary clubhouses have also been built.

File photo dated 17-06-2019 of Preparations are made to transform the London Stadium in London from a football pitch to a baseball field, ahead of the first regular season Major League Baseball series to occur in Europe, when Boston Red Sox play New York Yankees.
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More than 141,900 square feet of artificial turf has been installed

Clay for the pitcher’s mound and home plate area and 345 tonnes of dirt for the infield diamond have been shipped from the US, while the fence padding for the field’s perimeter has been brought in from Canada.

The transformation began on 6 June and was completed on Tuesday.

Preparations are made to transform the London Stadium in London from a football pitch to a baseball field, ahead of the first regular season Major League Baseball series to occur in Europe, when Boston Red Sox play New York Yankees.
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Some 345 tonnes of dirt for the infield diamond have been shipped from the US

Once the series is completed, it is expected to take five days to return the ground to its normal state, in preparation for the new Premier League season, which begins on 9 August.

The MLB games in London follow the success of other American sports in the UK including NFL matches at Wembley Stadium and NBA basketball at the O2 Arena.

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