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The disruption to football schedules caused by Coronavirus means that clubs have very little time this summer to carry out work on their stadiums and, under normal circumstances, RB Leipzig would have carried out a whole series of works in the off-season to meet demands for standing areas and an increase in capacity at the Red Bull Arena. With the possibility however of fans being allowed back in stadiums for the start of the new season in September, the club have decided to spread the work over two years. First of all, all the seats from the Süd Kurve (South Curve) and the away section were removed last month, and these areas are now being coated and sealed ready to be used as terracing. Once this prep work is complete, the seats will then be reinstalled before being removed again at the end of the 2020-21 season and replaced permanently by terracing. Until then, the Red Bull Arena will remain as one of only two Bundesliga stadiums not to have standing sections in them (the other being the Olympiastadion in Berlin).

When complete, the work will see the Süd Kurve capacity double in size to nearly 10,000. The away section (which will no longer be split between lower and upper tiers) will also be reconfigured with 'flexible fencing' and designed to only be as large as the travelling contingent requires it on a match-by-match basis - therefore leaving more seats for the home fans whenever possible. All this will increase the Red Bull Arena's capacity from 42,000 to 48,000.

Of course, during UEFA games, as with the upcoming Euro 2024, capacity will be brought back to the current all-seated size. But as RB Leipzig's matchday crowds are set to increase, additional work is planned including removal of food kiosks in the stands and replacing them with far bigger curved pavilions around the outer perimeter of the arena.

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