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Bolivian soccer stadium is definitely haunted, unless it’s not

(Gaston Brito/Reuters)

Is there a haunted soccer stadium in Bolivia? Probably not. Because, you know, science. But that doesn’t make this video of a Fox Sports television broadcast of a game in La Paz’s Hernando Siles Stadium any less creepy to watch.

Rational minds are blaming a lighting snafu, a sky camera or possibly even some sneaky video editing for the mysterious shadowy figure that appears to jog across a section of lower-level seats. But more creative — and conspiratorial — minds are declaring it a supernatural event.

Take “RifRAAF,” for example, who commented on a blog called Above Top Secret (which sounds totally legitimate):

“I’ve seen something like this–a phantom jogger!!. It was when I was a teenager and me and two friends were sitting in a park just after dusk and we see this jogger running up the street, but then he turned into a shadow and then disappeared!! there was no where he could have gone–just turned into a shadow and vanished!!”

Just for a second, let’s give RifRAAF the benefit of the doubt. After all, this latest ghostly sighting in Bolivia isn’t the first time someone claims to have spotted a phantom in a stadium. Rumor has it, Sports Keeda reports, that Afghanistan’s Kabul soccer stadium, England’s St. Mary’s and Highbury stadiums, and Portugal’s Estadio do Dragao are all haunted. And lest you think the U.S. is immune to such supernatural hysteria, think again: In 2004, a team of psychic paranormal researchers declared Frontier Field Sports Arena in Rochester, N.Y., officially haunted.

So, what say you? Was the mysterious figure spotted in Bolivia a shadow person or just a shadow?

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.



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