NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League issued the following statement today regarding a change to its ticket procedure at League Special Events:
Over the last number of years, the League's procedure for its Special Event games (e.g., NHL All-Star, NHL Winter Classic, NHL Stadium Series and NHL Heritage Classic) has required that any fan, regardless of age, be required to have a ticket to gain entry. 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. 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.
This procedure will be effective for the 2017 NHL Winter Classic® Alumni Game on Dec. 31 and the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on Jan. 2 in St. Louis and, as such, guests three (3) years of age and older are required to have a ticket to each game. Guests under the age of three may sit in a ticketed guest's lap for the 2017 NHL Winter Classic® Alumni Game and the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®.
Any fan who purchased tickets from authorized outlets for these events (i.e., the St. Louis Blues®, Chicago Blackhawks®, the National Hockey League or Ticketmaster.com) for children under the age of three may obtain a refund for such tickets on the days of the applicable games by bringing their ticket and child to the main box office at Busch Stadium prior to the start of each applicable game.