BABE-IN-ARMS Keegan Petts is going to Wembley with his family – but chances are he will sleep right through Huddersfield Town’s big game.
But his parents will remember the visit – they’ve had to fork out for a seat he doesn’t need.
Nine-month-old Keegan may be one of the youngest at the match, but while he won’t even remember Town’s 2012 play-off final his parents have had to pay another £25 to buy him a ticket.
Mum and dad Lisa and Gavin, of Golcar, are making a weekend of it in London, and are taking their three children to Town’s clash with Sheffield United.
They expected to pay £44 each for two adult tickets and £22 each for daughters Caitlyn, 10, and Ellie, six.
But they were left shocked when they were told they needed a £22 ticket for baby Keegan as well, at Wembley’s insistence.
Including booking fees the family’s total outlay on seats came to £169.
Social worker Lisa, 30, said the family weren’t complaining at the cost, just the fact they had to buy a ticket for Keegan.
“It’s the principle of it,” she said. “Keegan usually goes to sleep at 2pm so he will probably miss the whole game.
“In any case he can’t sit on the seat himself so this is an empty seat we are having to pay for.”
Lisa said Town-mad hubby Gavin, 28, would pay whatever it cost to see his favourites but the ticket for Keegan was unfair.
“I hope that when we get there Wembley don’t ban me from taking baby food in and insist Keegan has a hotdog instead. That’s how silly this is.”
Lisa also praised Town chairman Dean Hoyle for cycling to London to take up to 1,000 under-privileged kids to the game but said: “It’s a shame there’s going to be an empty seat next to us that could have gone to someone who will at least sit on it.”
The family booked a hotel eight weeks ago banking on Town reaching Saturday’s play-off final.
If they hadn’t the family would have enjoyed a weekend in London anyway.
Lisa said: “People have asked why we didn’t get a babysitter but it’s not about that.
“We were going to London anyway and the girls are looking forward to seeing Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.”
Lisa added that Town wouldn’t have charged for Keegan to be at a game the Galpharm Stadium.
It is understood Wembley is one of a handful of English grounds which insist on tickets for babies.
A Football Association spokesman said the only concession offered was for under 16s.
He said that for safety and stadium licensing reasons there had to be a method of accurately counting attendances.
“Wembley has a capacity of 90,000 and if all 90,000 bring a child there will be 180,000 people in the stadium,” he said.
“Obviously that would never happen but we have to have a method of restricting access and not breaching capacity.”