Manchester City could play host to Major League Baseball in the future after striking a £66 million ($100m) partnership deal with the New York Yankees.
After nine months of negotiations the Premier League giants have finally joined forces with the Yankees, one of the most iconic sporting brands in the world, to form a new Major League Soccer franchise to be named New York City Football Club with a view to having it up and running for the 2015 season.
The collaboration is expected to significantly boost City's commercial growth in the United States, but the Yankees have an eye towards increasing their British profile too.
Sport from across the pond is becoming increasingly popular in England, with London entertaining several NFL football and NBA basketball games inn recent years, and Yankees president Randy Levine is hoping to capitalise by bringing the American baseball experience to Manchester.
“The idea has come up through Major League Baseball about us maybe coming over to play,” Levine told the Telegraph.
“I don’t think they have actually said it yet, but we’d love to come over to play at the Etihad Stadium.
“We think Manchester City are extraordinary partners for the Yankees – there are some great opportunities and we only team up with people who we think are first rate. They fit into our overall plan.
"Obviously our brand is very well known – it’s about winning, winning championships and we are here to lend our support to make sure that it happens.”