How would YOU feel – – as a parent – – being told that you would have to cough up an extra $400 for your 6 month old child to attend a hockey game…after you’ve already shelled out over $800 on tickets for themselves.
Shalyn Meady and Clifford Anderson are avid Winnipeg Jets fans, and were super excited about the Heritage Classic outdoor game being played in their city this October. It didn’t even cross the couple’s mind to buy tickets for their young son, William, who isn’t old enough to sit up without help. Thus, he would be sitting in the lap of one of his parents.
However, they’ve been informed by the NHL that a ticket is required…”for safety reasons”.
The story is going viral now. And (naturally), the internet is divided on the issue.
While most people feel it’s an absurd policy on behalf of the NHL, a number of other people argue it’s not really a good idea to take a toddler to an outdoor hockey game in a large stadium.
Here’s the thing, though. CFL games don’t require a ticket for children that don’t physically occupy a seat. Neither do airlines.
Sure…Shalyn and Clifford could get a babysitter that day – – but, William relies solely on breastfeeding from his mom. He needs to be near her.
When it comes to the treatment of fans who love and support the game, the NHL is looking kinda boob-like here. Time to change the policy, Mr. Bettman. (FYI: a man from Toronto has agreed to purchase a ticket for William, so that his mom can go and enjoy the game!)