Aside from Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund is the biggest team in the German Bundesliga in terms of number of fans. Borussia Dortmund is also one of the most merited German teams. The home stadium Signal Iduna Park is always a hotpot when the yellow and black players enter the field. If you want to see Borussia Dortmund live you should try to get tickets for the gigantic stand Südtribüne.
Watching football in Germany is generally pretty cheap. It can, however, be a bit hard to get a hold of the best tickets on your own. If you turn to a travel agent who specializes in football trips, you can choose between many different alternatives and also combine the booking of a game ticket with booking flights and/or hotel.
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund, which is its complete name, was formed in 1909. Just like many other clubs it were a few enthusiastic youths who took the first step towards founding the club. Throughout the ages Borussia Dortmund has always been force in German football. The best period so far was in the 1990’s, when the club won Bundesliga two years in a row (1995-1996) and became victorious in Champions League (1997). In total, Borussia Dortmund has won eight League golds (the latest in 2011/12), three Cup winds, one Champions League win and one UEFA Cup Winners Cup win.
Dortmund is a big city and has therefore a lot to offer even the pickiest of visitors. Dortmund is famous for its many museum, some of which are focused on art. There are also many beautiful parks here. A visit to the Florianturm (an incredibly tall TV tower with views of the entire city) is also recommended.
Signal Iduna Park, or Westfalenstadion as it is also known, is the largest stadium in Germany. The stadium is home to the great team Borussia Dortmund. Signal Iduna Park is pretty much always sold out. If you watch Dortmund live in person, you will likely be in the company of 80,000 other fans.
The stadium was built in 1974 under the name Westfalenstadion, but in 2005 the insurance and finance company Signal Iduna contributed a large sum of money for the naming rights. The spectator capacity is 80,720 people, 24,454 of which can fit on Europe’s largest standing bleachers, Südtribüne. For national games and games in the European cups, the capacity is 65,718.
In the 1960’s, Borussia Dortmund’s old home stadium Rote Erde was pretty much falling apart. They therefore started to draft plans for a new stadium. It wasn’t until 1974, ahead of the World Championship, however, that the plans bore fruit. The stadium was inaugurated in April 2nd 1974 with a game between Dortmund and Schalke 04, which is one of the hottest rivalries in German football.
During the 1990’s Dortmund had great triumphs in both Bundesliga and in the European cups. Thanks to this, there was a need for increasing the spectator capacity. After expansions in 1999, the stadium could hold 68,600 fans. With the latest expansions in 2004, the current capacity was reached.
During the 2006 Football World Championship in Germany, Signal Iduna Park was one of the most used stadiums. Among other games, the semi-final between Germany and Italy was played here – a game that the Italians won.
Signal Iduna Park resides about three kilometers south of Dortmund’s center, and is part of a larger complex that, among other things, includes conference halls. The old stadium Rote Erde also lies shoulder to shoulder with the stadium. The best alternative for getting here is to take the train to the Dortmund Signal Iduna Park station, from which you only have to walk for about a minute to the stadium.