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Hamburg lay to rest loyal fans' grave concern; Boot Room.

Byline: Ian Carbis

TWO years ago, the Boot Room told of a plan to create a cemetery just for Hamburg supporters.

Now the Bundesliga side have opened the burial ground within yards of their Nordbank Stadium where fans can be buried in club colours on a football stand-shaped lawn reached through goal posts.

Organisers have said the pounds 80,000 scheme, financed by the supporters' club and sponsors, is opened to all fans and offers burial contracts of pounds 2,000 payable over 25 years.

Hamburg coffins in the blue and white colours will be on sale for around pounds 1,800, while urns are retailing at pounds 280.

Stonemasons will chisel gravestones to fans' requests, while the club anthem 'Hamburg My Pearl' will be played at the funerals.

The idea for the cemetery, which can take up to 500 graves, came after requests from fans to have their ashes scattered at the stadium.

But the scattering of ashes is illegal in Germany, so the Hamburg board came up with the plan.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 18, 2008
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