Major League Baseball

London Yards

London Yards was a three-day festival celebrating all things baseball that ran from the 28-30 June 2019 at the Truman Brewery. It involved digital and physical baseball activations, screenings of the London Series, ballpark-inspired food and drink, and live music and DJs.

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Reaching new fans 

Building on the success of the 2017 Battlegrounds campaign, in 2019, Major League Baseball played their first ever regular season games in Europe between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Demand for tickets was huge, and the games sold out instantly. However, MLB knew that the true value of London Series was reaching out beyond those avid baseball fans in the stadium. Launching in a new market meant MLB could communicate in new ways and speak to a new generation of baseball fans. Our mission was to create a London Series fan festival that engaged a millennial audience.

London Yards 2019
12.3 million
reach on social media
550,000
engagements
1.3 million
live broadcast views on Twitter
90%
would recommend the event to a friend
Baseball beyond the ballpark

To engage this group we had to create an experience that was authentic to baseball but also appealed to the cultural passion points of our audience. The festival had a programme of events, from the world’s first indoor Home Run Derby that was live streamed on Twitter, to performances from UK grime artists Lady Leshurr and Nadia Rose. A number of baseball activations, such as the Spin Cycle baseball game to the VR batting cages, allowed a new generation of fans to experience the game. On top of this, a great array of food inspired by the culinary heritage of Boston and New York was provided by local street food vendors.  

               

London Yards 2019
London Yards 2019
London Yards 2019

"London Yards was a perfect distillation of everything we are trying to make MLB stand for. It’s not easy moving a brand as entrenched as ours is into new territory, but Imagination has done so with grace and skill" - Charlie Hill, VP International Strategy, MLB

London Yards 2019

"London Yard is essentially our fan park, our fan festival. It's a take on traditional baseball's challenges and activities, but with a modern twist" - Gulraj Purewal, Head of Marketing EMEA, MLB 

London Yards 2019
London Yards 2019
London Yards 2019
London Yards 2019

London Yards 2019

      

"The look and feel, content programming, and partner integration has set a new standard for our events domestically and internationally" - Charlie Hill, VP International Strategy, MLB

London Yards 2019
London Yards 2019
London Yards 2019
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