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Borussia Mönchengladbach fans will be in Borussia-Park — as cardboard cutouts

When the Bundesliga season restarts on May 9th, the terraces won’t be empty... but they won’t be loud either.

North Rhine-Westphalia, Mönchengladbach: Cardboard displays from fans of Borussia Mönchengladbach can be found in the north curve in Borussia-Park. The fans of Borussia Mönchengladbach want to contribute to a better atmosphere at possible ghost games in the German Football League. In order to spare the TV viewers and the professionals the view of the empty stadium seats, cardboard figures with the likeness of the supporters are set up. Photo by Marius Becker/picture alliance via Getty Images

Bringing back the Bundesliga mid-season following a worldwide pandemic is certainly unusual, and the fans of one team are embracing the weird in a fun way.

Following on the work of teams in the Chinese Professional Baseball League, Borussia Mönchengladbach has allowed supporters to purchase cardboard cutouts of themselves which will be placed in the stands during matches which will resume on May 9th. For the low cost of 19 Euros, a picture of the fan is added to the oversized cardboard cutout, and seated in the 54,014-capacity BORUSSIA-PARK Stadium (yes, it’s all caps).

More than 8,000 of the cutouts have already been ordered, and at that pace we might be looking at a pretty full stadium by kickoff.

Mönchengladbach sits fourth place in the Bundesliga Table, six points adrift of Bayern Munich with nine matches to play. A European spot is on the line as well, as the top-four clubs from Germany will qualify for the 2021 UEFA Champions League. Mönchengladbach haven’t played in Europe’s top competition since 2016-17, and might have a bit more incentive to play well with the eyes of their fans, disembodied though they might be, supporting them from the terraces.