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Brighton and Hove Albion to sell cardboard cutouts for Amex Stadium

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There is a way to get “behind closed doors” for Premier League action at the Amex Stadium this season… well, in a sense, as Brighton and Hove Albion is pulling a Borussia Monchengladbach.

The Seagulls are inviting their season ticket holders and a group of club members the chance to be in the stands (kinda) for the club’s push for Premier League safety.

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For around $25, those fans can have a cardboard cutout of themselves put into the Amex Stadium stands. The profits will go to the Albion As One Fund, which helps “a number of organizations based in Sussex, including charities for hospices, sick children, domestic abuse victims, bereavement care, foodbanks, homeless support and health workers.”

The club says the cutouts take about 7 days to get done, so fans will want to get to it before June 20’s visit from Arsenal.

From Brighton’s official web site:

The cut-out fans will be positioned in the upper tier of the East Stand, providing the team with some visual support for these important games and supporters are encouraged to wear colours to create a stand full of blue and white. Other areas of the stadium will feature other club and partner branding as part of a Premier League initiative.

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Love every part of this, and we also love that the price is reasonable and the club is putting the money in a good place inside of its community. Brighton’s done a lot right during the pandemic.

Plastic cutouts to replace live fans for German club

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BERLIN — A German club’s supporters are planning to replace real-life fans with plastic ones when the Bundesliga resumes – and raise some money for a child’s medical treatment in the process.

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Borussia Monchengladbach supporters have come up with a novel way to support their team, even though they probably won’t be allowed to attend games for a while longer because of the coronavirus outbreak.

One Gladbach supporters group is giving members the chance to create life-size plastic figures that will be placed in the stadium in their places when – and if – the Bundesliga is able to complete its season.

“We don’t have any concrete expectations but it should be a couple of thousand fans anyway,” the FPMG club’s liaison officer Thomas “Tower” Weinmann told 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 rest is pure manufacturing and processing costs. With this we’re also helping two small companies in Monchengladbach that had to close their shops,” FPMG says on its website. “So no profit will be made, and when the ‘war is won’ and we can all go back to the stadium, everyone can take their portrait in plastic as a souvenir of a memorable time.”