An Industrial city located in the North Rhine-Westphalia county of Germany. Dortmund was heavily devastated by the war leaving quite an interesting architecture contrast amongst the inner city buildings.
The hub of Dortmund’s night life is centred around the cities Market area, notable Brinkhoff’s No 1, the brewery owned beer hall popular with Borussia Dortmund fans offering a great drinking hub before games with locally brewed beer and reasonably priced dishes for that pre match Steak or Schnitzel.
Commonly known amongst the fans as Westfalenstadion, it has been the home of Borussia Dortmund since 1974. In 2006, the unpopular decision came to change the name to Signal Iduna Park as part of a sponsorship deal after the stadium was chosen to be one of the playing venues for the 2006 World Cup. The stadium hosted four group matches, a round of 16 match and the semi-final between Germany and Italy.
Due to European regulations capacity is reduced to 65,829 as the Sud Tribune is filled with temporarily seating
For Bundesliga matches the Sud Tribune or South stand is the largest terrace in Europe.
The match day experience at Dortmund is one of a kind, the fans arrive en masse well over 2 hours before kick off and congregate around the ground drinking and eating amongst the beer stalls.
Beer is available inside the ground too, reasonably priced but must be purchased using a fancard. These can purchased and topped up at kiosks around the concourse.
The fans of the famous ‘Yellow Wall’ (Sud Tribune) take their places on the vast standing terrace well before the sides have even emerged to warm up then greet their player’s regimes with a rapturous noise.
Prior to kick off a rousing rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” welcomes the teams out the tunnel, then at Full Time, albeit a Dortmund win, the players show their appreciation to the Sud Trubine with a series of salutes. It’s quite the spectacle. Win, lose or draw at Dortmund we guarantee you’ll leave the stadium feeling you’ve witnessed a real special occasion.