Westfalenstadion is a football stadium in Dortmund, Germany, which is the home of Borussia Dortmund. Officially called Signal Iduna Park for sponsorship reasons. The stadium is one of the most famous football grounds in Europe and is renowned for its atmosphere.
It is Germany's largest stadium, the seventh-largest in Europe, and the third-largest home to a top-flight European club. The 24,454 capacity Südtribüne (South Bank) is the largest terrace for standing spectators in European football. Famous for the intense atmosphere it breeds, the south terrace has been nicknamed the Die Gelbe Wand, meaning "The Yellow Wall".
You can break Signal Iduna down into four unique parts: Nord, Ost, Sud and West:
Nord: Unlike its opposite number the north stand follows the pattern set by the rest of the stadium, and consists of two distinct tiers of seating. With a fully cantilevered roof supported by those unmistakable yellow pylons, views in the north stand throughout Signal Iduna are superb.
Ost: Capable of seating around 17,000 supporters, the eastern stand is one of the best examples of the design philosophy at Dortmund. Firstly, the lower tier is much larger than the upper-tier to create a more unified atmosphere, and secondly there is a higher ratio of normal seating to executive facilities which makes tickets more affordable for the common football fan.
Sud: Known as the Yellow Wall this is the largest single-tier grandstand in Europe and is capable of accommodating just under 24,500 fans per match. Constructed in the same mould as Liverpool's Kop, this is one of the most iconic stands in world football and is mostly responsible for Westfalenstadion's legendary and intimidating atmosphere.
West: Regarded as the main stand of Signal Iduna Park as it houses the changing rooms, players tunnel and dug-outs. This may have a large section of executive seating the middle, however the remaining seats remain affordable for families.
The away section is housed within the central column of the Nord Tribune slightly towards the right hand-side, and whether through a conscious decision or not, away supporters aren’t confined to the corner as they so often are in football stadiums across Europe.
Appearing to be a nice touch by Dortmund at first, one you’ve had a glimpse of the famous Yellow Wall Kop Stand you may be feeling angry your club’s stadium hasn’t got anything like it.
The ticket allocation is usually around 2,000 – 3,000 depending on the opposition, and seating is distributed across both tiers of the north stand between sections: 08, 60, 61, 70, 71 and 75.
Around the business park where Signal Iduna is location there are a few dining options before the game such as Steakhouse Rodizio next to Theodor-Fliedner-Heim tram station and the NRW Cocktails bar near to the Westfalenhallen stop. Within the stadium itself Strobels Dortmund restaurant comes highly rated and the numerous fast-food stalls and outlets will ensure you don’t starve. Plus, you can drink beer in the stands, so what more could you possibly want?
As for drinking either before or after the match in the city centre the highest rated pub amongst visiting football fans is continually the amusingly named Brauhaus Wenkers. Located centrally it has a decent selection of local pilsners and multiple TV screens showing the football.
Signal Iduna Park is located in the south of Dortmund near the Westfalenhallen conference centre. Dortmund’s city centre and main rail station are about 3 kilometres away. Signal Iduna Park can be easily reached by train from Dortmund’s main railway station in the centre. The area around Signal Iduna and Westfalenhalle has over 10,000 metered parking spaces available to use. There is also a free parking and shuttle bus service from the Dortmund Megastore located at Dortmund-Horde, Felicitasstraße, B54 exit Rombergpark.
Alternatively, you can take the U-Bahn tramline which may be more convenient depending on your starting location as it has lots of Stations/Stops throughout the city. Lines 45 and 46 drop you off at Westfalenhallen which is the nearest stop at 5 minutes’ walk away, with a special service on matchdays going slightly further and taking you along to the next stop, “Westfalen Stadion” which is even less of a walk.
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