Soccer Team Puts Cardboard Cutout Fans In Stadium For Bundesliga Game

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May 23, 2020

Borussia Monchengladbach fans’ actions are speaking louder than their chants.

Around 13,000 Supporters of the German soccer club paid ?19 (around $21) each to place a cardboard cutout photo of themselves inside Borussia Park, their home stadium. The Bundesliga (German league) has resumed its 2019-20 season, following a pause of two-plus months due to the coronavirus outbreak, but fans can’t attend games for the time being. Local charities benefit from Mönchengladbach’s novel scheme, which allows fans to buy their way into the stadium and produce the unique setting viewers of Saturday’s Bundesliga game against Bayer Leverkusen witnessed.

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The cardboard cutout idea has been a hit with fans, not only of Monchengladbach but also of other teams, which can participate in the Borussia Park fundraiser.

“The campaign organizers are regularly overrun with orders; we can hardly keep up trying to install them all,” Monchengladbach fan representative Thomas Weinmann told Bundesliga.com last week. “But we’re obviously delighted with the overwhelming support it’s received.”

However, Monchengladbach didn’t thrill the novel supporters, as it lost 3-1 to Leverkusen.

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