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Babies allowed at Heritage Classic for free, after all

Winnipeg's special NHL event this weekend will be the first in which children under two years-old can attend without a ticket of their own.

Shalyn Meady and her fianc� Clifford Anderson can take their son William without buying another high-cost ticket for a seat he wouldn't even be able to sit up in on his own.

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Shalyn Meady and her fianc� Clifford Anderson can take their son William without buying another high-cost ticket for a seat he wouldn't even be able to sit up in on his own.

Babies everywhere are wailing in victory, probably.

That’s because the National Hockey League (NHL) has reversed its controversial policy on tiny young people needing tickets to attend special events like this weekend's NHL Heritage Classic.

“Over the last number of years, the league’s procuedure for its special event games… has required that any fan, regardless of age, be required to have a ticket to gain entry,” an NHL media advisory states. “After reviewing this practice, the league has decided to adopt a standard that more closely mirrors that of similar entertainment events.”

That is, allowing children younger than two-years-old to attend events, which is already the policy in the Winnipeg Jets’ regular home at the MTS Centre.

“This new procedure will be effective for the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic in Winnipeg,” the league said.

As such, children two years and older must have a ticket in order to gain entrance to Investors Group Field, but anyone younger can simply accompany their parent or guardian like a hefty hand-warmer.

The NHL’s change-of-heart would come as a relief for local couples like Shalyn Meady and Clifford Anderson, who were told their son William needed his own ticket and was a “safety concern.”

The pair contacted the Jets ownership, the league, and previously spoke with media about potentially selling their tickets to the mega-event.

Now, even if they had bought a ticket for William, they’d be eligible for a refund under the new rules.

“It’s the same in all 30 (NHL cities), I don’t understand why the Heritage Classic would be any different,” Meady told Metro. 

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