Mysterious lay-up

IF there’s something strange in your neighbourhood, who you gonna call? Not Topics.

But we’re hoping to enlist someone braver than us. Like you. All you need to do is explain the strange events at Newcastle Basketball Stadium.

And they are strange. We don’t swallow certain explanations lightly, but let’s just say ... Look, make up your own mind.

It started with an open door. One morning this month, Newcastle Basketball general manager Ivan Spyrdz stopped mid-stride on the wooden boards. His footsteps echoed.

What was it? Something was out. Not by much. A whisper.

A waft of the sharp June air. It was easy to find its source; the end of the court was lit by a rectangle of white. One of the fire doors, ajar.

Slightly annoyed, he quizzed the staff. Who’d left it open? None confessed.

It was no big deal, of course, but Spyrdz wanted to get to the bottom of it.

‘‘It was a bit weird, to be frank,’’ he told us. ‘‘We’d had some people train early that morning, but they hadn’t opened it.’’

The mystery had become an itch. Spyrdz spooled through the morning’s security footage and found something that made him gasp.

No one had opened the door. It had just opened. The moment unfolds on the tape, silent, like the descent of a spider.

‘‘People have said it’s just the wind, or it wasn’t closed properly,’’ said Spyrdz.

‘‘But why didn’t it blow open during the night? And anyway, it’s a fire door that has one of those bars you have to push down.’’

The stadium has enlisted the services of a group called East Coast Paranormal.

We don’t want to prejudice their investigation, but the stadium has a history of employees on long, empty shifts hearing murmurs and bounces that shouldn’t be there.

Worth noting, also, is that the 4000 square-metre building was only converted to a stadium in the 1960s. It wasn’t always used for sports.

It was an aircraft hangar.

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