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Mother calls out Giants for forcing her to buy…

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Mother calls out Giants for forcing her to buy...


A mom’s frustrated social media post went viral this week after she took aim at the New York Giants for one of their ticket policies, claiming she was forced to buy a full-price ticket for her 3-month-old instead of being allowed to rest him on her lap.

Sarah Zadoyko-Bartee says she and her family drove an hour and a half to MetLife Stadium for a Week 2 preseason game against the Chicago Bears when she was informed that the baby needed an individual ticket despite the MetLife Stadium website suggesting nothing of the sort.

Zadoyko-Bartee wrote:

I am so beyond disappointed in the NY Giants. My husband and I are Club Seat season ticket holders and last night we went to the pre-season Bears vs. Giants game. At the gate we presented our tickets and were stopped and asked if we had a ticket for our 14 week old son. There is no such thing as a lap seat ticket so we are expected to purchase a full price seat. A seat that he is physically incapable of sitting in and for a club that he cannot enjoy the food in.

It is the Giants policy, (not Metlife stadium) that every person regardless of age must have a ticket. I am a breastfeeding mother and live about an hour and a half from the stadium, on an average game day I am away from home for 8 hours not including any pregame or postgame activities. Which means if I want to be a Giants fan this season I have to sacrifice time away from my infant and deal with the logistics of having to pump at the game.

This policy is discriminatory against Mother’s with babies that are exclusively breastfed and dependent on them for nourishment. I have 2 other children (4 and 6 years old) that I have happily purchased additional seats for a few games this season. I am not trying to smuggle a toddler in or pretend my 6 year old is a lap child, I am trying to enjoy a game and care for my infant. This is supposed to be a family event. I should not have to choose between being a fan or caring for my infant.

As Zadoyko-Bartee noted in her post, the MetLife Stadium policy differs from the Giants’ policy. MetLife says that children under 34 inches can enter free of charge, while the Giants’ individual policy is that everyone must have a ticket:

“The New York Football Giants policy is that all guests must have a ticket to enter the Stadium. For all other events including New York Jets football games, children up to 34″ inches in height may enter MetLife Stadium free of charge but must share a seat with an accompanying ticketed adult. Occasionally, for some non-NFL events, another policy will be in place.”

After the post went viral, Zadoyko-Bartee offered a note pointing out that she doesn’t feel it’s specifically discriminatory against breastfeeding mothers specifically but still affects all new mothers who feed their children naturally.

Zadoyko-Bartee wrote in her follow-up:

This post is not meant to be an exclusive breastfeeding post. I was not discriminated against because I breastfeed. NO ONE regardless of how they feed their baby should have to pay double the price to bring an infant to the game. I made a post about MY experience and how this rule effects ME because I am a breastfeeding mother. This policy effects mostly breastfeeding women because it forces them to pay double the price for a ticket to bring their infant out of necessity.

This policy is not standard across the NFL. It’s not even standard for the stadium. It is specific to the NY Giants. The Jets who play in the same stadium have a 34-inch and under rule. The post was made because I would like to see this policy change so that all people can enjoy games without having to leave their infant behind.

Despite the coverage, Zadoyko-Bartee insists her post wasn’t mean to slam the Giants, but rather to bring attention to a policy she believes should change.

As of Saturday morning, the Giants have not issued a statement on the matter.

Mother calls out Giants for forcing her to buy ticket for 3-month-old child

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