Seven of the most haunted venues in sports

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The spookiest time of the year is officially upon us. You might think of sports as an escape from the scariness -- but you would be wrong.

The sports world has more than its fair share of haunts, and locations such as the Hockey Hall of Fame, Camp Randall Stadium and the Skirvin and Pfister hotels are part of their cities' most famed lore.

Not a believer? We get it. And sure, we don't have cold, hard evidence. But you just might change your mind after hearing these stories from seven of the most infamous spots in sports.

Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin

Long before Camp Randall Stadium became the home to Wisconsin football and " Jump Around " celebrations, it served as barracks and a training ground for Union soldiers.

Named after the state's governor -- Alexander Randall, a fierce abolitionist who had threatened Wisconsin would secede if Abraham Lincoln didn't win the presidency and end slavery -- the site wasn't intended to house prisoners of war. But following a major Union victory in April 1862, it was tasked with taking in more than 1,000 Confederate soldiers.

To say the facility was ill-prepared for the sheer volume of soldiers would be an understatement. Within weeks, viruses and illness spread rapidly through the camp. By June, all of the remaining prisoners were moved to other locations due to the inadequate and unsuitable conditions. Ultimately, 140 men died on site during the camp's brief existence as a prison. They were interred in a mass grave nearby.

"It was not a happy place to be," said Mike Huberty, the founder of American Ghost Walks (which began in Madison) and the host of "The Other Side" podcast. "And so that's why at Camp Randall and around the area, people have said they've seen spirits of Confederate soldiers.

"Just a few weeks ago, I was talking to a guy who has lived in Madison a long time and is the head of security at a factory. He said one of his security officers came up to him and said, 'You're not going to believe it. I saw a Confederate soldier walk through the room. And when I chased after it, there was nobody there.' He couldn't believe it and thought it was crazy because he wasn't familiar with the history, but these are the types of stories you hear."

Built in 1917, Camp Randall Stadium has been hosting football games for over 100 years, but fans and area residents are unable to forget its history. Tailgaters have described seeing spirits ahead of games, and they reportedly are usually seen wearing their uniforms -- as well as various slings and bandages -- and wandering in and out of the stadium, seemingly oblivious to the thousands of rowdy fans.

Huberty said this could potentially be explained by the "Stone Tape Theory," which speculates that mental impressions during severely traumatic events are preserved into the energy of a place and display as almost a residual recording -- and are not spirits doomed to spend eternity stuck in one place. He said this is what one might experience when entering a building where something distressing took place and being overwhelmed with sadness or a heavy feeling.

No matter the explanation or lack thereof, the stadium isn't the only place believed to be haunted at the university. Partial remains of two bodies were discovered when land was being cleared for a Lincoln statue in 1919. The area had been a cemetery at one time and before that the site of a sacred burial ground dating back thousands of years. The two individuals -- just their bottom halves were found on site; the top halves were discovered three years later -- had died in the 1830s and had been inadvertently left during the relocation of the graveyard.

"During the early 2000s, there's an undergrad student showing around his friend's 20-year-old sister who was visiting from Taiwan," Huberty said. "She doesn't speak much English but seems to be having a good time. That is, until they got to the Lincoln statue. Then she becomes visibly terrified and says they have to go.

"The friend doesn't understand why, but later she tells her brother while they were standing there, two heads appeared behind Lincoln's. They were both smiling at her. The brother and the friend thought she was joking, but then they learned about the two men who had been buried there. They believed her after that."

St. Mary's Stadium in Southampton, United Kingdom

After a successful, 103-year run at The Dell, Southampton F.C. moved to a brand-new stadium about two miles away in 2001. Called St. Mary's Stadium after the nearby church that founded the team in its earliest days, the state-of-the-art facility more than doubled fan capacity for the team with over 32,000 seats.

There was just one problem during the team's first season at the new stadium: It couldn't win a game.

Naturally, as fans are wont to do, they began searching for reasons for the new losing streak. Some said supporters of Portsmouth F.C., its archrival, buried a shirt under the stadium during construction and jinxed the team. But others believed there was something more sinister at play.

"There were many things happening that no one could quite explain," said Andrew Frewing-House, a Southampton-based paranormal researcher and the events and marketing director for Supernatural Tours.

"There was one worker who said he was a bit scared to go into the main stadium at nighttime because people would report these shadows and hear these voices. But once the team started to have an incredibly bad -- really bad, terrible -- season, more and more people began to believe there was a curse on the stadium because it had been built on an ancient graveyard."

The stadium, in fact, lies directly in the heart of what once was an Anglo-Saxon settlement known as Hamwic, and graves and human remains dating back to the seventh century were discovered on what became the stadium grounds. Archaeologists continue to discover artifacts around -- or, perhaps more accurately, under -- the grounds from the era.

Clearly spooked by the happenings or perhaps just the losing record, the team -- nicknamed "The Saints" -- brought in a pagan witch named Cerridwen "DragonOak" Connelly in hopes of ridding the angered spirits.

"We would call the ritual she performed a 'clearing' in the U.K., and that means it's supposed to send the spirits to whatever you believe the next plain happens to be or the afterlife," Frewing-House said. "She claimed it was evil spirits, but I suppose really, if you were upset about your burial ground being built on, you probably would be a little bit annoyed."

Just hours after Connelly performed her ritual, Southampton F.C. won its first game at the new stadium. While the team has fared better since its first season, Frewing-House said the ritual didn't completely stop the strange happenings around the stadium, and he still hears stories from fans and employees about their perceived supernatural experiences.

"I suppose the players must have really believed [the curse] enough to warrant someone coming in and doing the ritual, and I don't know if it was a coincidence or if it did actually help since they won right after," he said. "But I think they convinced themselves it was gone and made themselves believe that fully in their minds, even if it wasn't true. I tend to find, in my experience from doing this, the thing about exorcisms and clearings is, they don't always work.

"If you're [a spirit and] really upset about what happened, it doesn't matter what someone does. You're not going to go. So, to place a curse here, which is what people believed had happened, then obviously you feel very strongly about it and you're not going to give up just by someone coming and saying, 'Please, can you go?'"

The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana

As with many Catholic colleges across the country, Notre Dame is filled with ghostly legends and haunted tales -- so much so that the admissions department even showcases many of them on its website for prospective students. And while there are believed to be many spots on campus that give people the shivers, perhaps none is better known than Washington Hall.

There have reportedly been several deaths in or near the building over its multi-century existence, including a professor, a steeplejack and student and football star George Gipp. Yes, the Gipper -- as in, "Win one for the Gipper" -- himself.

As the popular legend goes, the 25-year-old Gipp, a senior, stayed out past curfew one night and was locked out of his dorm building upon his return. It was a cold, late-autumn night, but he had nowhere to go, so he slept on the steps outside of Washington Hall, a performing arts and music venue. The next day, he contracted pneumonia and ultimately died from the infection soon after (but not before reportedly delivering his famous plea to his coach Knute Rockne from his death bed). Many believe Gipp never left Washington Hall and that he continues to haunt the building to this day, 100 years later.

Students, staff and faculty members have reported the uncanny feeling of a presence despite being alone; unexplained footsteps; frequently moved objects; the rustling of curtains; and the sound of brass instruments with no one visibly playing them. Countless student reporters, as well as professional ghost hunters, have spent nights in the hall hoping to make contact with the lurking ghost and documented their efforts without much concrete evidence.

Matthew Swayne, the author of "America's Haunted Universities: Ghosts that Roam Hallowed Halls," said the rumors of Gipp's ghost started not long after his untimely death.

"I was able to find a story from a student newspaper in 1926 or so," Swayne said. "A student claimed he was awoken one night or early morning, and he went outside and there he saw the ghost of George Gipp on a horse in front of that building. Other accounts have been about students hearing a horn blowing, and when they look for whoever is doing it, they can never find them. Some people think Gipp had this rebellious side and was a prankster, and this is just one of his pranks."

Swayne is quick to point out the story of Gipp's death is likely not accurate, and another less shared theory is more realistic as to what happened: Weeks before he was hospitalized, Gipp was teaching a teammate how to punt late at night and developed strep throat. Because there were no antibiotics at the time, he got progressively sicker and ultimately contracted pneumonia and succumbed to the illness. He most likely didn't sleep on the steps of Washington Hall, at least not that night, but this doesn't stop the lore.

"They didn't keep great records at that point, so we'll probably never be sure of what exactly happened," Swayne said. "It feels like a lot of times they create these legends to expand the myth of the person. So in this case, you have Gipp, and he's portrayed to be a little bit of a rebel and had that kind of rebellious streak to him. So that legend and these stories fit that [portrayal], but I never really came across the actual story."

The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada

It's not just the ghost of the Hartford Whalers that roams the Hall of Fame -- although we really could get behind a "Brass Bonanza"-playing spirit. Visitors have long reported seeing a woman with long, dark hair, particularly in and around the second floor women's restroom.

Formerly housed at Exhibition Place, an 197-acre mixed-use development to the west of downtown Toronto, the Hall of Fame moved to its current building at the Brookfield Place complex in 1993. Built originally in 1885, it formerly housed the Bank of Montreal -- and that is where our sad story begins.

The spirit is believed to be a former bank employee named Dorothea. In 1953, the 19-year-old shot herself in the women's bathroom at the bank. She died at the hospital the next day. There are many rumors and theories as to what caused Dorothea to take her life, but none has ever been confirmed. The Toronto Star discovered the presumed identity in 2009, after years of reports of a ghost named "Dorothy."

According to Rowena Brook, the brand development manager of Haunted Walks in Toronto, bank workers began experiencing strange happenings shortly after Dorothea's death.

"Starting in the 1950s, employees of the bank would have lights that would turn on and off," Brook said. "Doors and windows would open and close on their own. They would hear these strange noises like footsteps when no one was around, or shrieking. Some employees would step away from their work for a moment and they would come back and find their desk in disarray.

"But the main thing they said is they would feel this distinct presence, like someone else there watching them. Just that feeling that there was someone else there. And the spot it was strongest was actually in the women's [bathroom] on the second floor of the bank. It got to this point where the employees who were using that restroom were so uncomfortable being in there that the bank had to put a second [bathroom] in the basement because so many people were refusing to use it."

The bank ultimately moved, but the strange occurrences remained. Employees and guests of the Hall of Fame have reported hearing similar noises and experiencing the same overwhelming sense of not being alone. Brook said an employee at the Hall shared with her a story of a young boy on a tour of the museum with his parents and other adults. At one point, he stopped in his tracks and began staring intently at a wall. Someone asked him what was wrong, and he responded by pointing and saying, "Can you see her?"

No one could see anything, or anyone. But the young boy was insistent he was seeing a woman with long, dark hair walk in and out of the wall. He couldn't believe that no one else could see her.

Stories like this have made it one of the most well-known haunted spots in the city, and Haunted Walks begins one of its most popular tours outside of the building, with the permission of the Hall of Fame.

The Hall, which did not respond to our request for comment for this story, doesn't necessarily promote its haunted history, but it did allow Haunted Walks to host a special Halloween event on the second floor in 2013. Brook remembers it well.

"Our special Halloween tour ended on the second floor, in a room not far from the restroom," she said. "During the final part, one man left the group to go use the facilities. When he came back, he went to one of the guides, and he told them that he heard what sounded like a terrified woman screaming in the restroom next door.

"He was visibly shaken, and wanted to know if we had heard it and what was going on. I was standing right there with everyone else, and none of us heard a thing. We were so close to where he was, we would have heard something like that if it were a woman crying out like that. It really creeped all of us out to discover that he had heard that when no one else had. There have just been so many different encounters with her that I certainly believe that something is going on in that building."

Frontier Field in Rochester, New York

In the mid-1990s, the Rochester Red Wings were one of the winningest minor league baseball teams in history. The Triple-A squad, then an affiliate with the Baltimore Orioles (and now part of the Minnesota Twins organization), had won 18 titles in its nearly 100 years of existence, and had won the division title most recently in 1993 and 1995. With a dedicated fan base, the county decided it was time for a new stadium for the beloved franchise.

Construction got underway for a new facility in downtown Rochester in 1996, and workers reported discovering bones on the grounds, underneath where the stadium eventually went. It remains uncertain if they were human remains or that of an animal, or if they even were there at all, but the rumors persist to this day, and are an oft-cited explanation for anything strange that happens at the ballpark.

And there are a lot of strange things that happen at the ballpark.

The team moved to Frontier Field for the start of the 1997 season, and members of the grounds crew and custodial staff reported inexplicable happenings almost immediately, including televisions randomly turning on in rooms where no one had been for days, or lights turning on and off.

The team invited a pair of paranormal investigators to the stadium in 2004. After spending an evening looking around, they officially declared Frontier Field haunted. The team and the stadium capitalized on the distinction, and for several years hosted a "Fear at Frontier" event around Halloween.

Nate Rowan, the Red Wings' director of communications, has never personally experienced anything he can't find an explanation for, but does understand why others might feel uncomfortable at the stadium in the late hours of the night.

"I think there's something inherently creepy about the end of the night at a sporting venue that's supposed to have thousands of people in it cheering, having fun, drinking beer, and just having a good time, and at the end of the night, all the lights turn off, and you're one of the lone bodies in a huge facility like that," he said. "When there is an unexpected noise, it's jarring because there isn't supposed to be anyone there."

And, after all, since the Red Wings had experienced such success prior to moving to the new facility, he thinks it's only natural that fans would look for something otherworldly to blame for their recent struggles.

"The community is used to the team winning," Rowan said, "so there are people who are like, 'Man, we must be haunted, because we haven't won since '97.' We've only made the playoffs twice since then, so obviously they think there has to be a reason like that for it.

"Our players don't seem too concerned about ghosts at Frontier, but I have heard a lot of players say they won't or don't like to stay at certain hotels. There's a hotel in Milwaukee, where most of the Brewers' opposing teams used to stay, and there are a number of players who flat out refuse to stay there."

Which brings us to ...

Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Rowan is not exaggerating when he says there are several players who don't want to stay at the Pfister Hotel when taking on the Brewers in Milwaukee. There are countless stories from players around the MLB about their strange encounters while guests at the swanky establishment.

In hopes of creating the grandest hotel in the city, Guido Pfister began work on the hotel in the late 19th century. He died a month before its opening, but his son, Charles, was determined to carry out his father's vision. It opened in 1893, and was immediately successful. It has hosted every sitting U.S. president during its esteemed history. Charles Pfister, who never married or had children of his own, worked tirelessly for the rest of his days to ensure his father's legacy carried on at the property. Charles even lived in one of the suites for many years and was the operations manager.

And some say he never left the hotel after his death in 1927. Guests have described seeing an older, portly, well-dressed, smiling spirit who resembles Pfister's portrait still hanging in the hotel. He has been spotted looking over the lobby, as well as various other parts of the hotel, and has become something of an adored figure in the city, complete with his own parody Twitter account .

"I think when you know a little bit about Charles, it's not a surprise that he's the most-seen apparition," said Anna Lardinois, local historian, writer and founder of Gothic Milwaukee. "All of the ghost stories we hear are really just about him still trying to delight people. When people report that they see him, it's usually in conjunction with something in the atmosphere of the room changing, like lights brighten or dim, curtains open or close. And it really seems that he is still trying to just make the hotel experience as wonderful as it could be."

Professional baseball players seem to have had the most experiences with Pfister's ghost over the years. Lardinois believes this is simply Pfister trying to help out his hometown Brewers, and give them the ultimate home field advantage. She also wouldn't be shocked if some of the incidents were actually players playing pranks on their teammates, but does think these opposing players bring out Pfister's mischievous side.

"It is my understanding that it was very common to harass traveling teams during Charles Pfister's lifetime," Lardinois said. "Being at home meant not just knowing the field and the conditions, but you got to have spit-free food and you rested comfortably. Fans used to go to the hotels where the traveling teams were staying, and pound down their windows all night.

"It's pretty well known that if you're a Milwaukee Brewer and you stay at the Pfister, you're going to sleep like a little tiny angel. But if you're playing against the Brewers, it's reportedly supposed to be a very rough night. And I find that to be evidence of Charles Pfister's charm as a Milwaukeean."

Players like Bryce Harper , Giancarlo Stanton and Justin Upton have publicly discussed having their clothes thrown around the room, furniture being moved or the radio randomly turning on. Stanton compared it to the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World in its creepiness. In 2013, Michael Young, then a member of the Texas Rangers, recalled an experience he had at the hotel in a story for ESPN the Magazine.

"Oh, f--- that place," he said. "Listen, I'm not someone who spreads ghost stories, so if I'm telling you this, it happened. A couple of years ago, I was lying in bed after a night game, and I was out. My room was locked, but I heard these footsteps inside my room, stomping around.

"I'd heard all these stories about this hotel, so I was wide awake at that point. And then I heard it again, these footsteps on the floor, so I yelled out, 'Hey! Make yourself at home. Hang out, have a seat, but do not wake me up, OK?' After that, I didn't hear a thing for the rest of the night. I just let him know he was welcome, that we could be pals, that he could marinate in there for as long as he needed to, just as long as he didn't wake me up."

Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City

Baseball players have the Pfister, and basketball players have the Skirvin. Perhaps the most famous haunted hotel across sports, this Oklahoma City landmark has more than its fair share of believers.

Just ask Tim Hardaway Jr . or Eddy Curry or Metta World Peace and his then-Los Angeles Lakers teammates or just about anyone who has played on a team facing the Thunder in Oklahoma City. Some players even refuse to stay there, and book and pay for their own lodging when in town. Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is so convinced of supernatural activity, he's currently producing a movie about it -- and many players have blamed it for their lackluster performances at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Jeff Provine is the author of several books about Oklahoma City and the state's haunted history, as well as the founder of OKC Ghost Tour. Despite his résumé, he calls himself skeptical by nature, but acknowledges there have just been too many strange happenings at the hotel to simply be a coincidence.

"I border on cynicism naturally, but I've talked to so many people over the years who have no reason to lie," he said. "They all have very specific details as to what they've seen. Something is definitely going on there."

After the oil bust of the 1980s, the Skirvin closed in 1988 after decades of prominence. Once the epitome of wealth and status in Oklahoma, it sat empty for 19 years before reopening after a large renovation project in 2007. Ghost stories began emerging during its closure, as it sat there, a massive abandoned building in the heart of the state's capital city, ripe for trespassing and rumors.

Many refer to the ghost of a woman named Effie as the primary spirit to walk the halls. As legend goes, the hotel's founder and owner W.B. Skirvin had an affair with a maid named Effie, who became pregnant with his child. In hopes of avoiding public disgrace, he locked her in a room on the 10th floor throughout her pregnancy so she wouldn't be seen. After giving birth, she was so despondent by her situation that she jumped out the window, with her baby in her arms, and plunged to her death. Guests have reported seeing a female ghost with long, dark hair, as well as hearing a baby's cries at all hours of the night.

But there isn't evidence such a woman ever existed, and, as Provine is quick to point out, Skirvin's wife died three years before the hotel opened its doors in 1911 so a relationship with another woman wouldn't have been much of a scandal. In fact, Skirvin reportedly had a reputation for being known as a womanizer and a heavy drinker, and there were said to be salacious activities happening on the hotel's then-top floor.

"I think it goes back to the days of Prohibition, which started in Oklahoma in 1907 when we got our statehood," he said. "The Skirvin was the luxury hotel of Oklahoma City, and had all these rich and famous folks coming in, and of course they wanted to keep them entertained. The story was that if you wanted to get a drink in downtown Oklahoma City, you could go to the top floor of the Skirvin Hotel.

"They had all these parties up there, and it wasn't exactly a secret. From time to time, the police had to go raid it, and when they did, they'd have to run past the front desk, and up the 10 flights of stairs. The front desk would call up everybody on the 10th floor and let them know the police were on the way. And if there was anything they wouldn't want them to find, [they would] just toss it out the window. They would send people out to pick up young ladies from around Oklahoma City to come party with these guys, so I believe these legends stem from this type of activity at the hotel."

Some visitors have reported seeing spirits that look like Skirvin, or his daughter, Perle Mesta, who became the American ambassador to Luxembourg under President Harry Truman in 1949. Other visitors don't see anyone specifically, but feel like they are not alone.

"There was one guy who said he saw the foot of his mattress in his room depressed, as if someone was sitting on it," said Provine, who includes a stop outside the Skirvin on his walking tour. "But there was no one there. And then, it started moving up the bed, like it wanted to sit right next to him or cuddle with him. He went and stayed somewhere else.

"And there was someone else who woke up in the middle of the night because he heard the bathroom door slam shut. He was spooked but he decided to check out the bathroom, and in it, he finds the light on and the bathtub filled with water, just to the point of spilling over. There have been so many stories like this that just have no rational explanation."

Editor's Note: This story first ran in 2019, and has been updated with added haunts and spookiness for your Halloween enjoyment.

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Ghosts Lurk in Football Stadiums with Haunted Histories

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Go beyond the game on a visit to America’s haunted football stadiums and campuses. Many times we sit in a stadium, cheering on our favorite team and munching on popcorn, but seldom do we know the history, or haunted history, or these iconic spots. Eerie stories pay homage to the history of football and provide a novel look at the world of sports. And if you keep an eye out, you might spot the famous ghosts.

Notre Dame University- The “Gipper”

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Notre Dame Stadium. Credit

The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana have a long and storied history, and quite possibly the most famous ghost in sports. George Gipp was the first Fighting Irish player to make the All-American team and still holds the university record for the most average yards per rush for a season, but he would not get to live in glory for very long. One December evening Gipp slept on the steps at Washington Hall and afterwards caught pneumonia (some historians say he contracted the illness from strep throat). Tragically, he died from the illness at age 25 in 1920. But if the Gipper couldn’t live in glory, he would have it in death. Shortly after his death, doors in Washington Hall and throughout campus mysteriously closed, papers rustled and an eerie French horn blew in the night.

By 1925, there were reports of Gipp riding a white horse up the same steps, perhaps in an attempt to join the 1924 football team’s famed Four Horsemen: Jim Crowley, Elmer Layden, Don Miller and Harry Stuhldreher.  Gipp now has a new reason to be upset–last November his body was exhumed and stripped of a femur to settle a long-standing paternity suit.  Buy tickets here to check out a Fighting Irish game and seek out the Gipper here.  

Indiana University- Mr. Plume  

The state of Indiana has yet another football player haunting his alma mater, and this story is more gruesome. Michael Plume, a student at the university in 1960 and an active member of the U.S. Air Force, suffered a tragic death that remains a mystery to this day.

Memorial Stadium is the second football stadium to be built on Indiana University’s campus. In February of 1960, months away from its completion, 19-year-old Michael Plume was found hanging from the rafters of the incomplete west side of the stadium stands. Though it was a construction site, Plume’s shoes were clean. His feet were resting in the bed of a pick-up truck, his neck had been snapped and he had been hanged by an 18-foot rope—gruesome, we know.

There are many theories surrounding Plume’s death, including espionage, murder and anti-gay sentiments; however, not one has been confirmed. Ultimately, Plume’s death was ruled a suicide, but Plume’s doubtful family would attempt and fail to reopen the case in 1988.

Plume’s ghost lingers at Memorial Stadium. Fans and stadium staff report seeing his ghost dangling in the same location. Catch a game and keep your eyes open for Plume hanging out.

Kansas State University – Nick

In the 1950s the East Stadium that sits on top of buildings below was used as the athletic dormitory with a cafeteria on the ground level. While on the field, Kansas football player Nick suffered an injury and was rushed to the cafeteria where he soon passed away. Today the area where Nick died is home to the Purple Masque Theater where Nick still hangs out. Nick can’t give up his college antics. The ghost moves auditorium chairs, plays music, makes wooden boxes levitate, and spins fire extinguishers. See the game and check out campus in search for Nick.  Click here to see a game.

Detroit Lions and New York Giants – Jimmy Hoffa

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Jimmy Hoffa. Credit

Jimmy Hoffa is a phantom that manages to haunt two football stadiums. Hoffa was the leader of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union and saw the union’s highest enrollment while in charge. However, with power came many enemies and Hoffa disappeared on July 30, 1975 from the parking lot of Machus Red Fox Restautant. Hoffa was never found, and many speculate that he was murdered. Hoffa was a major Detroit Lions fan, and the staff at Ford Field believe Hoffa is dead. Hoffa’s voice is heard all throughout the stadium cheering on his beloved team. Meanwhile, legend links Hoffa’s body to the old, now demolished, Giants Stadium. It is rumored that Hoffa’s body was buried under one of the field’s end zones in concrete. Before the stadium’s demolition in 2009,  Mythbusters  tried and failed to find Hoffa’s body in the end zones ( the TV show aired Feb. 25, 2004) .  Click here for Lions tickets. 

5. University of Wisconsin-Madison – Camp Randall

The Wisconsin Badgers’ stadium has a murky past that is begging to be heard today. The stadium’s namesake, Camp Randall, was in fact a Union soldier training ground during the Civil War and nearby was a prison camp for Confederates. Many soldiers died there and still show up dressed in slings and period clothing. On the ground where students now “Jump Around,” men once trained to fight America’s bloody battle.  See a game at the haunted stadium here. 

And a high school story…

6. Lee Williams High School – Pioneer Phantoms

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Kingman, Arizona. Credit

Lee Williams High School in Kingman, Arizona is now situated on the grounds of an old Pioneer Cemetery that once held over 300 coffins of settlers and local Hualapi. Part of the high school’s football field and bleachers now stands on that hallowed ground of the old Pioneer Cemetery. During renovations in 2010 construction workers ran across a nasty surprise. In a trench dug behind the bleachers seven coffins and artifacts were unearthed. These ghosts, perhaps angry that their resting place had been disturbed, present themselves at games and graduations. A man in a bowler hat and a little girl demanding “to go out and play” are the most prominent apparitions. Feelings of unease, disembodied voices and light orbs are other unexplained paranormal activity.

Whether lore or reality, there is something to be seen and heard at these campuses and stadiums. Catch your next group game and enjoy more than just the center-stage action  –  watch for the sideline phantoms. Take a walk on campus and check out the spots where the football ghosts are said to frequent—and just maybe your group will catch a haunting glimpse of football history.

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October 23, 2017

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By Sherri Middleton , Managing Editor

It’s that time of year again when people dress up in strange costumes and everyone talks about spooky things. No. I’m not talking about when the Florida Gators wore those alligator-styled uniforms last week, but they were pretty spooky. I’m talking about Halloween.

Since we’re in the sports business, this seems a good time to talk about some of the sports legends and stories of haunted stadiums and ballparks. Athletes are a superstitious bunch of people in the first place, so it’s not difficult to find stories of ghosts or supposedly haunted places.

One of the most famous stories about haunted sports facilities is probably the story of George Gipp and the University of Notre Dame. “Win one for the Gipper!” is a long-told story about the All-American football player who died of pneumonia after sleeping on the steps of Notre Dame’s Washington Hall.

As the story goes, in 1920 after returning late to campus, Gipp found that he had been locked out of his dorm. He slept on the stairs that night and contracted pneumonia that would lead to his death. On his deathbed, he begged Coach Knute Rockne: “Some time, Rock, when the team is up against it, when things are wrong and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to go in there with all they’ve got and win just one for the Gipper. I don’t know where I’ll be then, Rock. But I’ll know about it, and I’ll be happy.”

Immediately after his death, students reported that doors to Washington Hall and across campus began to close, papers rustled and an eerie French horn could be heard. Was it the Gipp?

Chicago’s Wrigley field has its own spooky story. Security guards who patrol the park say bullpen phones ring late at night when the ballpark is empty. Legend is that the Cubs player and manager, Charlie Grimm calls the bullpen to make pitching changes. Problem is, the bullpen phone is a direct line from the dugout and can’t be dialed from any other location. Some security personnel also hear their names being called or they see Grimm in the hallways. Many people believe Grimm’s ashes are buried in left-center field.

But Grimm’s ashes aren’t the only ones. Rumor has it that fans drop ashes into the ivy and songwriter and diehard Cub’s fan, Steve Goodman’s are said to be buried under home plate. Other Wrigley stories say balls are hit in the ivy and then disappear and Harry Caray’s ghost remains at Wrigley along with other figures who hang out in the offices and bleachers.

Dodger’s Stadium

Los Angeles Dodger’s Stadium is said to have many ghosts, including a couple on their honeymoon who plummeted to their deaths from a hillside overlooking the City of Angels. Many Dodger’s employees reported seeing a woman dressed in white diving over the cliff. Others say the field is haunted by the souls from the Hebrew Benevolent Society whose cemetery was moved to make room for the stadium’s parking lot. Other people reported stories about the stadium’s underground vaults and tunnels, where Lizard People live below the stadium in one of three lost cities of the Hopi people.

Indiana University’s Memorial Stadium known as “The Rock,” is supposedly haunted by IU student, Michael Plume. During construction of the stadium, Plume was found hanging from scaffolding. Plume’s shoes were polished and the soles of his shoes clean even though he supposedly had walked a mile from his dorm room to the stadium which was a construction site with mud and dust. Investigators ruled his death a suicide by broken neck and asphyxiation, however when the body was later exhumed it was determined he did not have a broken neck. Workers claim to have seen a ghostly figure hanging from the same location where Plume’s body was found. Is Plume still trying to prove his death was not a suicide?

Frontier Field

Home to the Rochester Red Wings, Frontier Field in Rochester, New York, is said to be built on a site where human bones were uncovered. Ghost experts from Rochester Paranormal were called in and officially concluded the stadium to be haunted. Many believe the spirits that reportedly float around eerily are happy the stadium is in its current location.

In 1999, professional wrestler Owen Hart fell to his death while being lowered 78 feet to the ring for a WWF wrestling show in Kansas City’s Kemper arena. Employees claim to have seen and heard Hart’s spirit walking the rafters dressed in his blue blazer. Other people claim they hear Hart adjusting his harness and when they hear or see him, the lights flicker in the arena.

Nationwide Arena

In Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Arena is built on the site of the deadliest prison fire in U.S. history. The fire killed more than 300 prisoners and people claim the smell of smoke, the sound of men screaming and pacing their cells and the sound of the flames burning the prison can still be heard, particularly around the parking garage. Others say ghostly figures could be seen only in the ruins of the old building.

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Frontier Field, home to the Rochester Red Wings, was officially declared haunted in 2004 by paranormal researchers

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Athletes are very superstitious people, whether it’s utilizing the same routine (or pair of socks or underwear) while on a hot streak or drastically altering habits or hairstyles when cold. There is an air of the spiritually unknown when it comes to sports.

So maybe it’s no surprise rumors and sightings of ghosts and apparitions and whispers of curses can be found among stadiums worldwide. In honor of Halloween, we examine a few of those haunting stories and stadia.

Frontier Field (Rochester, N.Y., USA)

Psychic paranormal researchers officially declared Frontier Field, home of the Rochester Red Wings, a minor league baseball team, haunted in 2004.

Rochester Paranormal researcher director Joe Burkhardt and psychic medium Cindy Lee toured the grounds and encountered a variety of ghosts (referred to as ‘Caspers’ in the trade). Lee was greeted by friendly apparitions, while Burkhardt discovered some a little more hostile.

“The ‘Caspers’ were very curious about us,” Burkhardt said . “They literally came out of the woodwork and starting coming toward us.”

A Red Wings employee said bones were discovered when the stadium was being built in 1995. That discovery, coupled with rumors of the stadium being haunted, led to Burkhardt and Lee being summoned to explore the grounds.

“When we walked in you could feel them,” Lee said. “You could feel all the spirits suddenly realizing there were at least two people who could see them, hear them and feel them.”

Estadio Hernando Siles (La Paz, Bolivia)

Was it a ghost? A lighting blunder? An aerial camera? Video editing?

No one knows for sure what shadowy figure glided through the stands during a Copa Libertadores Round of 16 match between The Strongest (Bolivia) and Defensor Sporting (Uruguay) on April 17, 2014.

With Defensor holding a 2-0 advantage in stoppage time, this figure was caught on camera swiftly moving through the lower-level seats.

Maybe it was trying to beat the postgame traffic …

Ghazi Stadium (Kabul, Afghanistan)

During the late 1990s, the stadium was used as a venue for public executions by the Taliban government.

It was said the souls of those who lost their lives inside the stadium still haunt the ground . It has caused some to avoid the ground at all costs at night.

“Now nobody comes here in the evening; even we don’t go inside,” said Nabeel Qari , a security guard. “Everyone believes the place is haunted, that the souls of the dead people are not at rest even now.”

The stadium underwent a major renovation and was re-opened in 2011 transforming the former death and torture venue into one reborn as Afghan sporting hope .

University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Ind., USA)

Many people are familiar with the famous movie quote, “Win just one for the Gipper,” — ranked No. 89 on AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Movie Quotes — but not many know its etymology.

George Gipp, the University of Notre Dame football player who was portrayed by Ronald Reagan in Knute Rockne, All American, tragically died at the age of 25 in 1920 after contracting pneumonia. Unable to access his residence hall after a night out Gipp, the school’s first All-American, slept on the steps of Washington Hall one December evening, got sick and later died.

Legend has it shortly after his death students started hearing strange noises in the building, papers would rustle and horns would mysteriously sound late at night.

St. Mary’s Stadium (Southampton, UK)

It is said that spirits from tombs excavated near the grounds haunted this soccer stadium of Southampton F.C. The belief and concern was so strong that a witch was summoned to rid St. Mary’s of evil spirits in 2001.

Cerridwen Dragonoak Connelly, a Pagan witch and archaeologist, sprinkled water from a wooden chalice outside the building, urging any bad influences to be at peace or depart from the ground.

“I performed a ritual there and, because of my upbringings, I did it in Welsh,” she said . “I performed a cleansing of the ground in Celtic tradition but athletes are a very superstitious bunch and I did a blessing for some positive energy and it has obviously worked.”

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31 sports stadiums most likely to be haunted

By john buhler | aug 25, 2016.

Aug 22, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; General view of statue of Green Bay Packers former coach Vince Lombardi before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

There are definitely a few sports stadiums in the U.S. that could be haunted. Here are the 31 most likely to have some kind of paranormal presence.

For generations, sports have unified families across the United States. They bring together fathers, sons, mothers and daughters to root for their favorites teams, they give us something to talk about with our aunts and uncles at Thanksgiving and, most important, they offer us a target for our anger that isn’t each other.

The pleasure and pain that come with cheering for your favorite team is something we all understand. We’ve all celebrated in victory and wallowed in soul-crushing defeat. Some years are better than others, but there is and there always will be next year.

The attachment many Americans feel toward their sports teams is an unwavering, lifelong commitment. For some, it might even be  more  than a lifelong commitment. With so much passion packing stadiums around the country, would it really be a surprise if a few fans continued to cheer for their teams in the afterlife?

In addition to all those fans, plenty of stadiums in the U.S. have been around for generations themselves; that’s a lot of time to develop some kind of supernatural presence, right? Thanks to years of overwhelming excellence and/or years more of psychologically torturous failure, here are the 31 U.S. stadiums most likely to be haunted.

Apr 29, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; A general view of the Oriole Park at Camden Yards during the top of the first inning of the game between Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles. Fans are not allowed to attend the game due to the current state of unrest in Baltimore. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

31. Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Baltimore is a fantastic baseball city. It has been home to the American League East’s Baltimore Orioles since 1954, and enjoyed over two decades worth of championship-caliber baseball under legendary Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver from the late 1960s to the early 1980s.

Though winning hasn’t been a regular feature of Orioles baseball for most of the last 20 years, Baltimore is still home to one of the most aesthetically pleasing ballparks in MLB. Completed in 1992, Oriole Park at Camden Yards was the first of its kind in terms of baseball architecture.

In contrast to the cookie-cutter, multi-purpose stadiums popular in the 1960s to 1980s, Camden Yards has a retro feel to it, and remains the gold standard for ballparks modern ballparks hoping to establish some longevity.

While the Orioles did most of their winning at old Memorial Stadium, Camden Yards has a lot of ghoulish potential thanks to the B&O Warehouse and pedestrian-only Eutaw Street beyond right field.

Designer HOK Sport (now Populous) wisely incorporated both existing elements into Oriole Park’s design. With the past blending seamlessly into the future, it wouldn’t be a surprise to learn deceased Marylanders have been hanging out on Eutaw Street to catch the O’s playing ball on summer evenings

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Ahead of Halloween - English sports stadiums that are haunted or have a spooky aura about them, due to their history

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Ghosting past defenders? Spooky club hoodoos? Or bogeyman striker who always scores against your team?

It could all be possible as a surprising number of sporting venues have a supernatural link.

It could be a ancient burial site nearby, a ghostly figure who stalks the halls or a the remains of hundreds of people beneath the pitch.

We've drawn up a list of the most haunted places in sport:

1) Highbury Stadium

Two dead souls were said to have made a home for themselves at Arsenal’s previous stadium, before the demolition into luxury apartments.

The ghosts in question are that of former Arsenal manager Chapman and a horse that died during the construction of the building.

No harm ever came to fans or staff at the club during the time of the claims… but will the spirits emerge at the Emirates Stadium in years to come?

2) St Mary’s

Southampton fans and staff have raised alarm at feeling the presence of spirits moving objects and causing mayhem within the facilities of St Mary’s stadium.

The scare fest grew to such scale that action was taken to call upon a pagan white witch to carry out a ceremony to banish the nuisances for good.

3) AJ Bell Stadium

Strange things are afoot in Salford, for which there can only be one explanation – according to staff at the English rugby club.

Management and workers are convinced that a higher being, possibly a ghost figure, is responsible for objects being moved around at will, and lifts operating off their own accord.

No sightings have been claimed as yet so the mystery remains unsolved.

4) King Power Stadium

Less than a five minute journey from the Leicester City Football ground is the burial site of Richard First, his bones were discovered there only recently this year.

Is his ghost putting Leicester off their form – or is that just second season syndrome?

5) Stadium of Light

In 2005, staff members spotted a dim shape in a corridor and perceived it to be a supernatural being.

A second sighting was reported by Sunderland’s then-striker Stephen Elliot which fuelled the rumours of the club being haunted.

The spirit is known as Spottee, the 18th Century fiend who guided ships to crash upon rocks.

6) Harbourne Cricket Club


A retired groundsman was convinced he caught the spectre of the Rev Edward 'Moses' Roberts on his phone camera when out taking photos of another staff member sweeping the wicket at Harbourne Cricket Club.

Trevor Townsend, who had worked at the sports complex for 16 years prior to the sighting, reported never having seen anything of this kind ever before – is sure it is that of Edward “Moses” Roberts, who served as the vicar of St Peter’s Church, Harborne in 1858 and also watched weekend matches close to the ground.

7) Home Park


Fans of Plymouth Argyle are convinced that dark arts are at play and the culprit is the spirit of a former footballer of the club.

Rumour has it that the ghost of Dominick Blizzard wanders around the facilities after dark turning lights on and off, and helping himself to a shower in the changing room on days when Home Park is closed to the public.

8) Madejski Stadium

Between the home ground of Reading FC and Reading Gaol lurks the spirit of King Henry I, whose bones were recently discovered there by archeologists.

Has a royal curse been the cause of Reading’s fall from Premier League fame?

9) Goodison Park

Unbeknown to many away fans, a solid perimeter of scattered ashes of hundreds of supporters of the club separates them and the main pitch.

The allocated space is now full so ashes are being distributed elsewhere in the grounds.

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5 Haunted Soccer Stadiums in England Where Supernatural Takes the Scene

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If you used to think that soccer and the stories related to it were accompanied only by thrilling emotions, after reading this article, your opinion will completely change. 

Imagine two of the most powerful emotions, the adrenaline of fear and the joy inspired by watching your favorite soccer players, coming together. Sounds incredibly exciting, right? 

Given that some of the most well-known stadiums in England have a spooky history, you can feel the excitement even more vividly. As a result, these stadiums have been the subject of multiple claims of paranormal activity by players, officials, and even fans. 

That’s why we believe these 5 haunted soccer stadiums in England are worth being aware of.

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1. stamford bridge.

Maybe it sounds unusual at first glance, but not all haunted sports venues have a spooky ambiance. For instance, Stamford Bridge, a football stadium that belongs to Chelsea FC, has a spirit that is said to bring joy to witnesses.

As Chelsea supporters claim, Smiling Man always makes things better in the lives of those around him. How so? For example, a woman who saw the Smiling Man while at a Chelsea game with her partner won a brand-new automobile through a raffle at Stamford Bridge. So, after hearing this tale of the smiling man, you might even wish to meet a ghost for the first time. 

Surprisingly, since this fact spread across English football fans, they started to consider the impact of stadium spirits on their betting decisions, especially for significant tournaments. The results seen on Euros 2024 football outrights justify their hopes and we’ll secretly tell you that most of these bets end up winning. So, who knows, meeting a Smiling Man might change your life as well!

2. St. Mary’s Stadium 

Unlike at Stamford Bridge, when you visit Mary’s Stadium, you have to be more cautious. The is that rumors say tombs were discovered at St. Mary’s Stadium many years ago, and the soccer field is thought to be haunted by ghosts seeking retribution even now! 

When Southampton supporters visit their home stadium, St. Mary’s Stadium, they frequently experience nervous anxiety due to apparitions of ghosts moving various items throughout the arena. Considering this, supernatural activists were called in to help drive out the ghosts and provide them with peace. Nobody knows if this has worked or not, but maybe when you come here, the ghosts in this stadium will welcome you with kindness rather than hostility.

3. Old Trafford

Some in England believe that Manchester United was originally named Newton Heath LYR Soccer Club , but the club’s fortunes failed and it appeared that it would be dissolved. Consequently, a desperate owner decided to set fire to the stadium. However, as he lit the fire in the middle of the pitch, a demon showed up before him and offered him everything a successful club could need to thrive forever. 

Yes, you heard that right — apparently selling your soul to a demon was not a myth after all.

Still, there was one precondition – one day the demon would return to collect the souls of soccer players, at which point the debt would be paid off. So, that’s the reason behind the rumors that when the stadium is empty, you can hear the ghosts of the deceased soccer players playing a game.

4. Highbury Stadium

If, after seeing the living soccer legends, you want to catch a glimpse of an important soccer figure who has died, you should visit Highbury Stadium. It might be hard to believe, but Arsenal’s most successful manager, Herbert Chapman , is believed to wander this venue. 

It is said that Chapman and the shadow of a horse were seen on the grounds of Highbury. The horse is thought to have passed away while Highbury’s North Bank stand was being developed. But that’s not all! In addition to Chapman’s presence, the ashes of other Arsenal supporters are also presented at Highbury Stadium, which heightens the sense that something paranormal is happening there.

5. White Hart Lane

Perhaps not surprisingly, sometimes our imagination can be more dangerous than what we see with our own eyes. White Hart Lane, a stadium in Tottenham, justifies this opinion the most! 

There is a room at White Hart Lane with the number 28 on the door, but nobody has ever entered or left since the stadium was constructed. It is locked, there are no records of its use, and it isn’t shown on the plans or stadium map. 

Who knows what is hidden in this room? Perhaps this is a horror that you have never imagined before!

Bottom Line

After exploring these 5 haunted soccer stadiums, chances are that the level of adrenaline in your body has increased. But this is only the beginning of the story – when you visit these places in person and experience firsthand the intense aura characteristic of haunted stadiums, combined with the impressive game of your favorite team, your sensations and the level of adrenaline will probably go beyond the limits!

And let’s not forget that we’ve just discussed haunted stadiums located in England. Can you imagine the number of horrifying stories soccer stadiums in other countries might hold? 

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Elektrostal is a vibrant city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia. With a rich history, stunning architecture, and a thriving community, Elektrostal is a city that has much to offer. Whether you are a history buff, nature enthusiast, or simply curious about different cultures, Elektrostal is sure to captivate you.

This article will provide you with 40 fascinating facts about Elektrostal, giving you a better understanding of why this city is worth exploring. From its origins as an industrial hub to its modern-day charm, we will delve into the various aspects that make Elektrostal a unique and must-visit destination.

So, join us as we uncover the hidden treasures of Elektrostal and discover what makes this city a true gem in the heart of Russia.

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  • Elektrostal, known as the “Motor City of Russia,” is a vibrant and growing city with a rich industrial history, offering diverse cultural experiences and a strong commitment to environmental sustainability.
  • With its convenient location near Moscow, Elektrostal provides a picturesque landscape, vibrant nightlife, and a range of recreational activities, making it an ideal destination for residents and visitors alike.

Known as the “Motor City of Russia.”

Elektrostal, a city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia, earned the nickname “Motor City” due to its significant involvement in the automotive industry.

Home to the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Elektrostal is renowned for its metallurgical plant, which has been producing high-quality steel and alloys since its establishment in 1916.

Boasts a rich industrial heritage.

Elektrostal has a long history of industrial development, contributing to the growth and progress of the region.

Founded in 1916.

The city of Elektrostal was founded in 1916 as a result of the construction of the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Located approximately 50 kilometers east of Moscow.

Elektrostal is situated in close proximity to the Russian capital, making it easily accessible for both residents and visitors.

Known for its vibrant cultural scene.

Elektrostal is home to several cultural institutions, including museums, theaters, and art galleries that showcase the city’s rich artistic heritage.

A popular destination for nature lovers.

Surrounded by picturesque landscapes and forests, Elektrostal offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and birdwatching.

Hosts the annual Elektrostal City Day celebrations.

Every year, Elektrostal organizes festive events and activities to celebrate its founding, bringing together residents and visitors in a spirit of unity and joy.

Has a population of approximately 160,000 people.

Elektrostal is home to a diverse and vibrant community of around 160,000 residents, contributing to its dynamic atmosphere.

Boasts excellent education facilities.

The city is known for its well-established educational institutions, providing quality education to students of all ages.

A center for scientific research and innovation.

Elektrostal serves as an important hub for scientific research, particularly in the fields of metallurgy, materials science, and engineering.

Surrounded by picturesque lakes.

The city is blessed with numerous beautiful lakes, offering scenic views and recreational opportunities for locals and visitors alike.

Well-connected transportation system.

Elektrostal benefits from an efficient transportation network, including highways, railways, and public transportation options, ensuring convenient travel within and beyond the city.

Famous for its traditional Russian cuisine.

Food enthusiasts can indulge in authentic Russian dishes at numerous restaurants and cafes scattered throughout Elektrostal.

Home to notable architectural landmarks.

Elektrostal boasts impressive architecture, including the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord and the Elektrostal Palace of Culture.

Offers a wide range of recreational facilities.

Residents and visitors can enjoy various recreational activities, such as sports complexes, swimming pools, and fitness centers, enhancing the overall quality of life.

Provides a high standard of healthcare.

Elektrostal is equipped with modern medical facilities, ensuring residents have access to quality healthcare services.

Home to the Elektrostal History Museum.

The Elektrostal History Museum showcases the city’s fascinating past through exhibitions and displays.

A hub for sports enthusiasts.

Elektrostal is passionate about sports, with numerous stadiums, arenas, and sports clubs offering opportunities for athletes and spectators.

Celebrates diverse cultural festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal hosts a variety of cultural festivals, celebrating different ethnicities, traditions, and art forms.

Electric power played a significant role in its early development.

Elektrostal owes its name and initial growth to the establishment of electric power stations and the utilization of electricity in the industrial sector.

Boasts a thriving economy.

The city’s strong industrial base, coupled with its strategic location near Moscow, has contributed to Elektrostal’s prosperous economic status.

Houses the Elektrostal Drama Theater.

The Elektrostal Drama Theater is a cultural centerpiece, attracting theater enthusiasts from far and wide.

Popular destination for winter sports.

Elektrostal’s proximity to ski resorts and winter sport facilities makes it a favorite destination for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities.

Promotes environmental sustainability.

Elektrostal prioritizes environmental protection and sustainability, implementing initiatives to reduce pollution and preserve natural resources.

Home to renowned educational institutions.

Elektrostal is known for its prestigious schools and universities, offering a wide range of academic programs to students.

Committed to cultural preservation.

The city values its cultural heritage and takes active steps to preserve and promote traditional customs, crafts, and arts.

Hosts an annual International Film Festival.

The Elektrostal International Film Festival attracts filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts from around the world, showcasing a diverse range of films.

Encourages entrepreneurship and innovation.

Elektrostal supports aspiring entrepreneurs and fosters a culture of innovation, providing opportunities for startups and business development.

Offers a range of housing options.

Elektrostal provides diverse housing options, including apartments, houses, and residential complexes, catering to different lifestyles and budgets.

Home to notable sports teams.

Elektrostal is proud of its sports legacy, with several successful sports teams competing at regional and national levels.

Boasts a vibrant nightlife scene.

Residents and visitors can enjoy a lively nightlife in Elektrostal, with numerous bars, clubs, and entertainment venues.

Promotes cultural exchange and international relations.

Elektrostal actively engages in international partnerships, cultural exchanges, and diplomatic collaborations to foster global connections.

Surrounded by beautiful nature reserves.

Nearby nature reserves, such as the Barybino Forest and Luchinskoye Lake, offer opportunities for nature enthusiasts to explore and appreciate the region’s biodiversity.

Commemorates historical events.

The city pays tribute to significant historical events through memorials, monuments, and exhibitions, ensuring the preservation of collective memory.

Promotes sports and youth development.

Elektrostal invests in sports infrastructure and programs to encourage youth participation, health, and physical fitness.

Hosts annual cultural and artistic festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal celebrates its cultural diversity through festivals dedicated to music, dance, art, and theater.

Provides a picturesque landscape for photography enthusiasts.

The city’s scenic beauty, architectural landmarks, and natural surroundings make it a paradise for photographers.

Connects to Moscow via a direct train line.

The convenient train connection between Elektrostal and Moscow makes commuting between the two cities effortless.

A city with a bright future.

Elektrostal continues to grow and develop, aiming to become a model city in terms of infrastructure, sustainability, and quality of life for its residents.

In conclusion, Elektrostal is a fascinating city with a rich history and a vibrant present. From its origins as a center of steel production to its modern-day status as a hub for education and industry, Elektrostal has plenty to offer both residents and visitors. With its beautiful parks, cultural attractions, and proximity to Moscow, there is no shortage of things to see and do in this dynamic city. Whether you’re interested in exploring its historical landmarks, enjoying outdoor activities, or immersing yourself in the local culture, Elektrostal has something for everyone. So, next time you find yourself in the Moscow region, don’t miss the opportunity to discover the hidden gems of Elektrostal.

Q: What is the population of Elektrostal?

A: As of the latest data, the population of Elektrostal is approximately XXXX.

Q: How far is Elektrostal from Moscow?

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5 Haunted Football Stadiums in England

Hello everyone. Hope you all are doing well, as I welcome you to another presentation on IN THE WHITE.

Today’s writing is interesting, especially for those who love horror and football as I will discuss five (5) haunted football stadiums in England.

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At this point, I wish to inform my readers that the facts in this article are taken from a travel blog whose link is provided at the end of this write-up. 

HERE WE GO!

Highbury stadium – arsenal fc.

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The former home of Arsenal FC, Highbury Stadium is haunted by Herbert Chapman, Arsenal’s most successful pre-war manager. He is said to have been spotted on the grounds of this former stadium with a horse that died during construction. In addition to Chapman’s presence, Highbury Stadium also features the ashes of other Arsenal fans, furthering the suspicion of a supernatural presence at this site.

St. Mary’s Stadium – Southampton FC

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Southampton fans visiting St. Mary’s stadium home find themselves anxiously alarmed by the presence of spirits moving objects within the venue. To combat this presence, an actual witch was brought in to ward off the spirits and bring tranquility to the fans.

Stadium of Light – Sunderland AFC

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Years ago, staff members at the Stadium of Light spotted a dim shape in a stadium corridor. Shortly thereafter, Sunderland’s then-striker, Stephen Elliot, witnessed the same figure causing a number of teammates to believe the venue really was haunted. The spirit haunting this venue is believed to be a stranded 18 th -century French sailor named Spottee who would guide ships to crash into coastal rocks.

Madejski Stadium – Reading FC

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Near the home stadium of Reading FC lies the spirit of King Henry I whose remains were discovered by archeologists. Following these findings near Madejski Stadium, Reading FC has seen a significant fall from grace from the English Premier League, leading some to blame the king for a losing record.

Stamford Bridge – Chelsea FC

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Not all haunted sports venues have a spooky ambiance, Stamford Bridge has its own spirit that actually is said to bring joy to witnesses. Smiling Man is well known to Chelsea fans to bring positive outcomes to the lives of anyone who experiences him. A woman who attended a Chelsea game with her husband and saw Smiling Man actually won a new car from a raffle she entered at Stamford Bridge!

Source: https://worldstrides.com/blog/2017/10/5-haunted-soccer-stadiums-in-england/

Thank yo for reading and hope you enjoyed this short presentation.

Also, if yo have been to any of these stadiums and enconted an nusual experience and would like to share it with me, then, feel free to do so in the comments section below.

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