Giving football fans the chance to show their allegiance once they have shuffled from the mortal coil is nothing new: Schalke, Hamburg and Boca Juniors all boast dedicated cemeteries.
Barcelona, however, have now gone one step further, giving their loyal supporters the chance to be laid to rest beneath the Nou Camp.
The Catalan club have created a mausoleum at the cemetery of Les Corts opposite their famous stadium. There is currently room for 500 departed Blaugrana fans, but the plan is to incorporate a new mausoleum underneath a brand-new or renovated Nou Camp stadium, with enough room for 30,000 urns.
The Guardian reports on the new project, named Memorial Space FC Barcelona:
"This is in response to the historical demand from members who want their remains laid to rest at the stadium," said the club's director of facilities, Josep Ramon Vidal-Abarca.
"Memorial Space FC Barcelona aims to be a link with the club forever, a tribute to those who wish to be bound forever to the club," said Santi Bach, the chief executive officer of Giem Sports, who are partners in the project.
Fans will be able to buy large Barcelona-themed ceramic slabs, behind which they can store an urn, doing their part to help the hallowed turf effectively become a burial ground.
While Schalke were quick to stress that they would "not be making money from anyone's death" when they opened their fan field plot, Barca will charge between €3,000 ($4,000) and €6,000 to let the corporeal remains of their die-hard fans stay for between 50 and 99 years.
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