Sunday, May 14, 2006

The Eternal Tailgate Party

Fans of SV Hamburg (a.k.a. Hamburger SV), a German football (i.e. soccer) club (which is to say, team), will soon be able to pick out resting places within sight of the stadium where they wasted a good part of their lives.

Altona Cemetery, which already offers Catholics, Muslims and other groups zones of their own, proposes to arrange fan graves in a semi-circle that will recall their home curve at the city football stadium, with hedges cut in the shape of the SV Hamburg emblem.

Cemetery officials said Friday financing for the project had yet to be settled. Local politicians said it made a mockery of death.

The club welcomed the plan. Board member Christian Reichert told the Hamburger Morgenpost newspaper that SV Hamburg would publicize the opportunity among fans. He said the gravestones would be dignified, not eccentric. A monument with the names of great SV Hamburg players might be included. [Link]

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