No Tickets Needed for Babies: NHL Changes Policy Ahead of Heritage Classic

No Tickets Needed for Babies: NHL Changes Policy Ahead of Heritage Classic

Investors Group Field - NHL Heritage Classic
Crews work to transform Investors Group Field into an official ice surface for the upcoming NHL Heritage Classic on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — An NHL policy that required all parents with babies to buy a ticket for their little ones has been changed ahead of this weekend’s NHL Heritage Classic game at Investors Group Field.

Winnipeg parents Clifford Anderson and Shalyn Meady made headlines earlier this fall when they challenged league policy on having to buy a separate ticket for their six-month-old son, William. Such a purchase would have cost the couple $400.

“After reviewing this practice, the League has decided to adopt a standard that more closely mirrors that of similar entertainment events and that to which local NHL Clubs adhere,” a statement from the league said on Tuesday.

“While the League will strive to adopt such policy for these Special Event games, in some instances, it may not be possible or practical in a particular venue.”

NHL Ice Truck - Heritage Classic
A 53-foot trailer sits behind Investors Group Field on October 11, 2016. The truck houses the world’s largest mobile refrigeration unit to create ice for the upcoming NHL Heritage Classic. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Children under two years of age will no longer require a ticket to attend special league events, such as the NHL All-Star Game, NHL Winter Classic, NHL Stadium Series and NHL Heritage Classic. Children under two must also sit on the lap of an accompanying adult.

Anyone who purchased a ticket to the NHL Heritage Classic from an authorized outlet for a child under two can obtain a refund by visiting the main box office at Investors Group Field prior to the start of the game. The purchaser must have the ticket and child in their company to receive a refund.

The Alumni Game is Saturday, October 22, while the Winnipeg Jets face the Edmonton Oilers in a regulation game on Sunday, October 23. Tickets remain available through Ticketmaster.