Turns out the Skirvin in Oklahoma City isn't the only haunted hotel on the NBA circuit. The San Antonio Spurs stayed at the Claremont Resort in Berkeley, Calif. this week, on the road to play the Golden State Warriors. Much like the Skirvin, the Claremont is "supposedly haunted by multiple spirits," according to the San Antonio Express-News' Dan McCarney, and the Spurs' Jeff Ayres had a disturbing experience:
Ayres: "You get in at whatever time. I took my room key. I could hear stuff in the hallway, like people in their rooms. So I'm thinking people are watching TV or whatever. So I get to my door, and my key doesn't work, but it sounds like there's somebody in my room. Like I hear a little baby, not crying but making noise. I'm like, ‘What the heck?' I keep trying my key and it doesn't work. So I go downstairs to get a new key, and I tell them (somebody's in the room).
"So they call the room, and nobody answers. They're like, ‘We can get you a new key and send you up with security and make sure nobody's there, because there shouldn't be anybody in there.' Then they're like, ‘We'll just get you a new room.' It was the creepiest thing. I heard a couple of other guys heard babies in the hallway, kids running down the hallway. Creepy. I really heard voices and a baby in the room, and there wasn't anybody in there. It was crazy."
Tim Duncan vouched for Ayres' story, and he hopes to stay somewhere else on future trips to the Bay Area:
Duncan: "I heard a baby in his room. There was somebody or something in his room, yeah. I definitely heard something. It wasn't creepy, because I assumed it was really somebody in the room, and they gave him the wrong room. But when they told me the story the next day about calling up there and no one in the room, it's at that point you get chills. I totally agreed with him. There was a baby there, absolutely. I heard about the history of the place, and I'd rather not (stay there again)."
With the amount of Skirvin ghost stories that have surfaced over the years, it's hard to believe the Claremont's creepy characteristics are only coming to light now. Perhaps this isn't a popular place for visiting teams. Ghost babies are spooky.