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.