Louisville football announces blackout with video at haunted Waverly Hills Sanatorium
Louisville's Halloween game against Virginia Tech, set for 4 p.m. Saturday, is officially a blackout.
The program announced the move with a video filmed at Waverly Hills Sanatorium. Louisville wide receiver Justin Marshall ran throughout what is known as one of the most haunted places in the country, while showing off Louisville's all-black uniforms.
Waverly Hills opened in 1910 as a two-story hospital to accommodate Louisville patients struck by a tuberculosis outbreak, according to the Waverly Hills Historical Society.
Before the discovery of an antibiotic that treated and cured tuberculosis, a diagnosis of the disease was more or less a death sentence. "Once you went to Waverly Hills, you became a permanent resident," the historical society states on its website.
After it closed, Waverly Hills quickly gained a reputation for being haunted. It was purchased in 2001 by paranormal enthusiasts Charles and Tina Mattingly, and many volunteers working on the building's restoration have reported hearing ghostly sounds and slamming doors, seeing apparitions in doorways and being struck by invisible hands.
Fans attending the game on Saturday are encouraged to wear black. Those attending are asked to support local retailers or shop online at shop.gocards.com to find their blackout shirts.