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Signal Iduna Park: All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022)

The stadium, formerly known as Westfalenstadion, was built in 1974 to serve as a playing venue for the World Cup.

Westfalenstadion

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Wednesday, 29.June 2022 — 3min read

History and description

Before 2005, Signal Iduna Park was known as Westfalenstadion. It was built to serve as a playing venue for the 1974 World Cup. Dortmund has been playing their home matches at Stadion Rote Erde, but as plans for an expansion of that stadium were first considered, eventually it was decided to build a new stadium altogether.

The first event at the stadium was Westfalen Cup in 1978, which saw Hertha Berlin defeat SC Freiburg 2-1. The Westfalenstadion officially opened on April 2, 1974 with a friendly between Dortmund and Schalke 04. The stadium then only consisted of one tier that could hold 54,000 spectators. 37,000 of these spectators were standing. The first event held at the stadium was the Westfalen Cup in 1978, which saw Hertha Berlin defeat SC Freiburg 2-1.

The stadium stood out because of its unique rectangular shape in a time when most large stadiums were still bowl-shaped, and its four separate stands served as a model for new stadiums. Ibrox Stadium's redevelopment in the late 1970s was, for example, largely based on Westfalenstadion.

During the 1974 World Cup, Westfalenstadion hosted three first round group matches and the second round group match between Holland and Brazil.

The stadium remained largely unchanged until the early 1990s, when the increased successes of Dortmund caused the need for expansion.

The conversion of part of the standing areas into seats in 1995 actually reduced capacity, but then construction of a second tier on top of the East and West Stand continued in 1995.

Shortly after the second tier was completed, building works started on a second tier for the North and South Stand. The stadium could then hold 68,600 spectators, and the 25,000-capacity South Stand had become the largest terrace of Europe.

In 2001, the UEFA Cup final between Liverpool and Alavés was held at Westfalenstadion.

The redevelopment of the stadium was completed in 2002 and 2003 when all four corners got closed up with stands. Two years later, in 2005, the stadium changed name to Signal Iduna Park as a result of a sponsorship deal.

In 2006, Signal Iduna Park was one of the stadiums playing host to the 2006 World Cup. It had a reduced capacity of 67,000 seats and hosted four group matches, a round of 16 match, and the semi-final between Germany and Italy.

(photos of the present Signal Iduna Park below)

How to get to Signal Iduna Park

Signal Iduna Park is located in the south of Dortmund near the Westfalenhalle conference center. Dortmund?s city center and main rail station are about 3 miles away. The stadium can be reached by car from either the north, east, or west depending on which road you are arriving from. If arriving from the B1, take exit Im Rabenloh. The stadium lies a few hundred metres to the south. If arriving from the B54, take exit An Der Buschmühle. Drive east until you will turn with a curve onto the Strobelallee and head straight ahead until you see the stadium.

Can you tell me if there is a train that goes from Dortmund's main railway station to Signal Iduna Park, and how often it runs?

Alternatively, you can take the U-Bahn from the centre and exit at Westfalenhallen station, from where it is a 5-minute walk to the stadium. Both line 45 and 46 serve the station.

On matchdays, a special service will be stationed at Stadion that will ensure that people are even closer to the stadium.

The stadium is furthermore located close to Theodor-Fliedner-Heim station, which is on the U-Bahn line 42.

Address: Strobelallee 50, 44139 Dortmund

Eat, drink, and sleep near Signal Iduna Park

Are other hotel options available? Hotel Gildenhof and B&B Hotel Dortmund Messe are cheaper alternatives. Click here for all hotels near Signal Iduna Park. Expect to pay over $100 per night though. As the stadium is easy to access from Dortmund's city centre, you can just as well stay there. Although Dortmund is not the most interesting city, there are more entertainment options around than near the stadium. There are more budget hotels in the centre as well. Click here for more options.

If you are planning to stay more than one day or want to join the nightlife in Düsseldorf or Bochum, it might be a better option to find accommodation in these cities. S-Bahn line S1 and regional trains directly connect both cities with Dortmund's main railway station.

There is a beer garden next to the stadium which is great if you are on a tour on non-matchdays.

Borussia Dortmund Tickets

Tickets for Borussia Dortmund games can be bought online, by phone +49 1805 309000 (Tickethotline), in person at the BVB Fanwelt clubshop at the stadium, or at one of the other sales points in the Dortmund area. Signal Iduna Park is usually pretty well-sold out for Bundesliga matches, and most of them go on general sale very soon after being released. So be prepared and buy your tickets right away when they become available.

In the event that there are insufficient tickets available for the match, signals Iduna Park ticket office will be open four and a half hours prior to kickoff for fans to purchase tickets.

If you miss out on tickets to a sold-out match, there are secondary ticket websites such as Viagogo that offer a reliable alternative. Of course, be prepared to pay well over face value.

Tickets for the game range in price from $31.20 for a seat in the upper corners to $54.40 for a central seat for the main stand. A ticket for the South Stand (standing) costs $16.70. Prices are increased with 20% for the games versus Schalke and Bayern.

You can find a seating plan here.

Signal Iduna Park stadium tours

The Borussia Dortmund organisation organises guided stadium tours that include the dressing rooms, players' tunnel, VIP areas, mixed zone, stadium prison, and Borusseum club museum. The tour lasts about 90 minutes or 120 minutes for the PLUS version including the South Stand. The schedule for tours varies depending on the season. There are usually tours at 12:00 noon, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm, but there are additional tours on the weekends. The English-language tour is available on the weekends.

There are no tours on matchdays. The Borusseum opens from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily.

Tickets can be bought online, from Borusseum ticket sales points, or at any of the other matchday ticket sales points in Dortmund. They can also be bought before the tour starts, though the group size is limited to 40 people and it is therefore advised to arrive early.

The tour costs 12.00 euros, which includes the museum. For more information, email [email protected] or call +49 231 90 20 6600.

Relevant Internet links

BVB.de - The official website of Borussia Dortmund. Signal-iduna-park.de - The official website of Signal Iduna Park. Stadion-live.de - Event management website for Signal Iduna Park. Dortmund-tourismus.de - Official tourism website for the city of Dortmund. Bahn.de - Train times and fares Bus-und-bahn.de - Bus and metro routes and times Wojciech wrote: March 23, 2015 at 4:52pm I went to watch BVB against VFB Stuttgart in 2014. It was an amazing experience. The fans were extremely loud and the stadium was easy to get to from downtown Dortmund. The people were friendly, and it's a must-see place.

I went to watch BVB against VFB Stuttgart in 2014. It was an amazing experience. The fans were very loud and the stadium was easy to reach from downtown Dortmund. People were friendly. It is a must-see place.

. The DCH fans were fantastic and friendly. The atmosphere was impressive, and the stadium was good. The football was impressive too. It really lived up to its reputation. I think it's one of the best places to watch football in the world.

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