A pair of Manitoba parents are facing off with the National Hockey League over their desire to bring their breast-feeding baby to a game next month.
Clifford Anderson and Shalyn Meady have already spent $800 on tickets for this year’s Heritage Classic outdoor game in Winnipeg, two for them, and two for Anderson’s sister and a friend.
The couple didn’t think bringing their six-month-old son, William, would be an issue because he has to sit on his parent’s lap. A spokesperson for the NHL responded to inquiries about bringing their son along, saying they’ll have to pay for an extra seat due to safety concerns.
The parents say an extra ticket to the game will cost $400.
Anderson and Meady believe they shouldn’t have to buy another ticket for their baby who can’t even sit on his own yet, or is heavy enough to hold the folding seat down.
There are reports a Toronto man offered to cover the cost of the child’s seat.
The same issue came up at a 2014 Heritage Classic game in Vancouver when a couple tried to bring their six-month-old baby to the game.