Hamburg SV plans to open a club cemetary, 50 feet from its stadium’s main
entrance. The Bundesliga club’s deputy chairman, Christian Reichert, said: ‘For a large number of people, it’s important to be close
to the club after their lives are over,’ he said. "The cemetery
will have the look of a small, open stadium.’ Nice touch Christian.
With roughly 42,000 registered supporters at the club and just 500
graves up for grabs, competition for places will be lively. Club officials have already begun taking reservations. Fans get 25 years in the turf â€“ what happens then, I wonder? â€“ and can choose from a range
of burials: ashes in an urn costs from â‚¬2,500 and a romantic, two-person plot weighs in at â‚¬12,500.
It’s easy to dismiss this as a quirky Eurotrash story, but I know plenty of loyal football fans who would much prefer to be buried next to their club’s pitch, rather than at their local church.