College Fans Dying to be on Campus
Some Florida Gators have so much school spirit even death can’t keep them from supporting the team.
Gator fans have had their ashes illegally scattered on the football field, and dozens of law-abiding alumni have asked for permission to do the same.
But UF isn’t the only school where people are dying to be laid to rest. There are reports of ashes being scattered around a giant oak tree on FSU’s campus, according to the Capitol News Service.
The interest in campus cemeteries spawned legislation allowing schools to build columbaria to house the ashes of alumni. FSU Freshman Lonnie Prior grew up watching Seminole football, and this fall he’ll play for the Noles.
“I’ve always been a fan and just to be buried here…that would be cool," Prior said.
FSU senior Adriana Sekula wants to be buried with her family, but she said housing dead fans on campus could increase school spirit.
“I think it’s exciting," Sekula said. "I don’t think we would be Gators or Seminoles without that kind of support.”
Alum Mark Delegal spent some of the best years of his life at the University of Florida. He never misses a home football game, and he is considering spending eternity on campus.
“I do plan to be cremated," Delegal said. "I’m not quite sure I’m ready to say I’ll have my urn put over there, but it’s as good of an idea as I have heard.”
And if school spirit can outlast death, die-hard fans may soon be dying for a spot near their favorite stadium.
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