German soccer fans want to fill stadium with plastic cutouts if games resume amid coronavirus

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Borussia Mönchengladbach fans have come up with a creative way to support their favorite team from afar. If the club resumes games amid the coronavirus, it won’t have to play in an empty stadium. That’s because the team’s fans are going to create life-size plastic cutouts of themselves to put in the seats.

One of the team’s fan groups came up with the idea. Getting the plastic cutout will cost fans about $21, but a portion of that goes toward a good cause, according to the Associated Press.

For 19 euros ($21) each supporter can have their portrait taken and reprinted on hard weatherproof plastic cutouts. From each sale, 2 euros ($2.20) will go toward a fundraising campaign for a boy named Ben to receive treatment for spinal muscular atrophy. Another portion of the money raised will go toward supporting seven workers in the fan club whose jobs are under threat with no soccer being played.

The fan group says the rest of the money will be used to make the plastic cutouts, which are going to be made by two small companies that have been affected by the coronavirus shutdowns.

The Bundesliga began postponing games Mar. 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the league has suspended play until at least May.

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