10 of the Spookiest Sports Venues in the U.S.
Sports have been a big part of American life for a long, long time. From the first official baseball game in 1846 in Hoboken, New Jersey to the first college football game in 1869 between Rutgers and Princeton, Americans have always rooted for “their team.”
With venues like Wrigley Field, opened April 23, 1914 and Fenway Park, opened September 25, 1911 there are bound to be ghosts rambling around. Here are ten of the spookiest.
Frontier Field - Rochester, New York
Frontier Field is located in downtown Rochester, New York. The park is home to the Triple-A minor league baseball team Rochester Redwings in the International League.
This ballpark is known as the first “officially” haunted stadium in America. In 2005, ESPN let it be known that during the construction of the new stadium in 1996 they dug up some human remains. Psychic Paranormal Research Director J. Burkhart and Psychic Medium Ms. Lee of Rochester Paranormal made a visit to Frontier Field in September, 2004. Their conclusions: there were many ghosts haunting the field and they were very happy that their final resting place now housed a baseball team.
Notre Dame Stadium - Notre Dame, Indiana
Notre Dame Stadium has been host to more than 449 football games since 1930. It has been home to such famous coaches and players as Knute Rockne and George “The Gipper” Gipp.
"The Gipper” was the first Notre Dame player to make the All-American team. To this day he holds the school record for the most average yards per rush in a season. Alas, he did not get to enjoy his accomplishments for very long. Sadly, at the tender age of 25, he fell asleep on the steps of Washington Hall in December, caught pneumonia, and died in 1920.
It did not take long for the Gipper to begin haunting his alma mater. Doors in Washington Hall and other buildings on campus would close by themselves. Papers would rustle when there was no air stirring. On more than one occasion the mysterious sound of a French horn could be heard late at night.
Years after his death there have been reports of a white horse being ridden by Gipp up the very same steps he had fallen asleep on.
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, Ohio
Nationwide Arena is in Columbus, Ohio. Built in 2000, it hosts the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets. It sits on the spot that was previously home to the Ohio State Penitentiary.
This place has a great reason for being haunted. The deadliest prison fire in United States history occurred here. More than 300 people lost their lives. It stood empty for more than twenty years before being demolished.
There have been many claims throughout the city of hearing men screaming as though being burned alive. People have also claimed to see ghosts pacing back and forth as if walking in their cells. There have even been sightings of prisoners hanging from window bars and ceiling pipes.
Today the arena still seems haunted, particularly in the parking garage. There always seems to be a slight smell of smoke and occasionally sounds of screams and the crackle of flames.
Camp Randall Stadium - Madison, Wisconsin
Camp Randall Stadium has been home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Badgers Football since 1895.
Camp Randall was originally a Union soldier training camp during the Civil War. There was a prison camp for Confederate soldiers nearby. Many soldiers died there and it is said the ghosts of these fighters can be seen walking around in their Civil War uniforms with hospital bandages.
The horrors of the Civil War were not the only grisly events to occur here. In 1982, a female student was stabbed to death in front of the stadium. Her murder was never solved and for a while it was thought to be another death connected to serial murders that occurred in the area over a span of fourteen years. Her murder remains unsolved.
Memorial Stadium - Bloomington, Indiana
Built in 1960, the Indiana University Hoosiers play football at Memorial Stadium, called The Rock, in Bloomington, Indiana.
The Rock is still haunted by Michael Plume. While the stadium was still under construction Michael's body was found hanging from the rafters. The death was ruled a suicide but questions have always remained. The family tried to have the case reopened without any luck.
Workers have claimed to see a ghostly body hanging from the exact same rafter where Michael was found. Maybe he is trying to tell them something.
Kemper Arena - Kansas City, Missouri
Kemper Arena is a 19,500 seat indoor arena in Kansas City, Missouri. Built in 1974, it hosts college and professional basketball games, wrestling, hockey, concerts, and many other events.
A horrible event occurred in this arena on May 23, 1999. Wrestler Owen Hart fell 78 feet from the rafters when a malfunction with his harness caused him to plummet to his death. He landed on an outer rope of the ring and died of blunt force trauma.
Today workers have made claims of seeing or hearing Owen in the building. They have heard noises from the rafters that sound like harness cables being checked. Lights flicker and things turn on and off by themselves. Some have even claimed to see his ghost walking around.
There was much talk of demolishing Kemper Arena but now the powers that be have decided to turn it into a youth sports complex. Will Owen Hart continue to haunt the arena? Only time will tell.
Fenway Park - Boston, Massachusetts
Fenway Park has been home to the Boston Red Sox since 1912 and is the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball. After 100 years it is home to several ghosts.
According to “Baseball Hauntings” by Mickey Bradley and Dan Gordon, there is a lot going on at the park even when the team is on a road trip. Announcer Sherm Feller, who died in 1994 and owner Tom Yawkey, who died in 1976, can often be found there.
Night guards have reported hearing what sounds like fans shouting at the players. Though illegal, some fans have sneaked into the stadium at night and scattered ashes of their loved ones on the field. Are they wandering around too?
It seems like spirits become more active during renovations or any changes to the park. Workers at night often claim to hear what sounds like the crack of a bat.
Wrigley Field - Chicago, Illinois
Wrigley Field is the second oldest Major League Baseball park. They broke ground in 1911 and opened for business in 1914. Home to the Chicago Cubs, it is located on Addison Street in Chicago, Illinois.
There are three famous ghosts believed to still hang out at Wrigley Field. The first is Harry Caray, the legendary announcer that died in 1998. People who think they have encountered Caray say they get the feeling of a presence and just know that it is him. Others see what they describe as a strange mist that they believe is Caray's ghost. Harry is most often seen and felt in the press box and in the bleachers on either side.
Steve Goodman was a writer who penned many songs about the Cubs. He died young at the age of 36 from leukemia. His ashes were scattered at Wrigley Field after his death in 1984. People have reported seeing him sitting in the seats behind homeplate, still watching his beloved Cubs.
The third ghost is manager Charlie Grimm. He led the Cubs to the 1932 World Series. Security guards who roam the grounds at night report hearing the phone in the bullpen ring. Since the bullpen phone is only connected to the dugout it is not likely to be a wrong number. Some guards claim to see a shadowy figure that resembles Grimm walking the hallways and sometimes hear their names called. Maybe Grimm is tethered to Wrigley Field because his ashes are there. Supposedly they are in a private box in left center field.
New Miami Stadium - Miami Gardens, Florida
New Miami Stadium was built in 1987 and has had eight different names. Located in Miami Gardens, Florida it was most recently known as Sun Life Stadium.
In 1985, the Miami Dolphins were given the go ahead to dig up an Indian burial ground in order to be build the new stadium. The area had been used by the Seminole and Tequesta Indian tribes going all the way back to the year 800. That is 800, not 1800. Archaeologists were there to process the human remains and artifacts they found.
Did the Dolphins curse themselves forever? They played in Super Bowl XIX five months before the digging started and they have never been back!
Dodger Stadium - Los Angeles, California
Dodger Stadium has been home to the Los Angeles Dodgers since 1962. It is sometimes called Chavez Ravine which was a Mexican-American community that was leveled in order to build a new ball park.
The story of the two ghosts that haunt Dodger Stadium is a tragic tale. Two honeymooners were taking in the sights of Los Angeles from a hillside at what is now the southern edge of the stadium. The husband stumbled and fell to his death. His new wife was so stricken she jumped off after him, falling to her death.
Visitors to the park occasionally say that they see the woman plunging over the cliff. Also, at various times a mist can be seen hanging over the park. According to parapsychologists this could be a sign of a ghost trying to make himself, or herself in this case, be seen.
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