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Signal Iduna Park: How to get there and how to buy tickets (2022)

The 2006 FIFA World Cup stadium Signal Iduna Park was built to serve as a playing venue for the tournament.

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Saturday, 02.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

The stadium was originally built to serve as a playing venue for the 1974 World Cup. The new stadium, which will be called Westfalenstadion, is set to be built near the city's airport and is expected to have a capacity of 80,000 people.

The Westfalenstadion officially opened on the 2nd of April 1974 with a friendly between Dortmund and Schalke 04. The stadium at that time only consisted of one tier that could hold 54,000 spectators, of which 37,000 were standing.

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

The Westfalenstadion in Dortmund, Germany hosted three first round group matches and the second round Group match between Holland and Brazil (2-0) during the 1974 World Cup.

A new, larger stadium was built in the western part of the city. The stadium remained largely unchanged until the early 1990s, when increased successes of Dortmund prompted an expansion of their existing stadium. A new, larger stadium was built in the western part of the city.

Beginning in 1985, work was begun to convert standing areas in the stadium into seats. This actually reduced the stadium's seating capacity, but construction of a second tier on top of the East and West Stand was completed in 1995.

Shortly after, building works started on a second tier for the North and South Stand, which were completed in 1999. The stadium could then hold 68,600 spectators, and the 25,000-capacity South Stand had become the largest terrace of Europe.

The final was a high-scoring affair, with both teams scoring four goals apiece. The decisive goal came in the second half courtesy of Sheffield United winger Lee Dixon; he raced onto a through ball and blasted a 20-yard shot past Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek. In 2001, the UEFA Cup final between Liverpool and Alavés was held at Westfalenstadion. The final was a high-scoring affair, with both teams scoring four goals apiece. The decisive goal came in the second half courtesy of Sheffield United winger Lee Dixon; he raced onto a through ball and blasted a 20-yard shot past Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek.

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 venues of the 2006 World Cup. It temporarily became known as "The New Stadium" and had a reduced seating capacity of 67,000. The stadium hosted four group matches, a round of 16 match, and the semi-final between Germany and Italy (0-2).

(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 Westfalenhallen conference centre. Dortmund?s city centre and main rail station are about 3 kilometres away. The stadium can be reached by car from the north, east, and west on the B1 highway. Or, it can be reached from the south on the B54 highway by taking exit An Der Buschmühle.

Can you tell me how easily it is to reach Signal Iduna Park by train from Dortmund's main railway station? In just 5 minutes you will arrive at Dortmund Signal Iduna Park station, from where it is a short walk to the stadium.

You can take the U-Bahn from the centre and get off at station Westfalenhallen, 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 continue to station the Stadium which is even closer to the stadium.

The stadium is furthermore 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

The other hotels near Signal Iduna Park include Arcadia Grand Hotel and Steinberger Dortmund. Expect to pay over ?100 per night though. Hotel Gildenhof and B&B Hotel Dortmund Messe are cheaper alternatives. As the stadium is easily accessible from the city centre of Dortmund, it is also easy to stay there. Dortmund is not an interesting city, but there are more entertainment options around than near the stadium. There are also more affordable hotels in the centre as well. Click here for the available options.

If you want to stay in Düsseldorf or Bochum for more than one day, or want to join the nightlife, then S-Bahn line S1 and regional trains connecting Dortmund's main railway station might be a better option.

There is a beer garden next to the stadium which is great for visitors if they happen to pass by on non-matchdays.

Borussia Dortmund Tickets

Tickets for Borussia Dortmund games can be bought online, by phone (+49 1805 309000), 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 always sold out when Dortmund play there, and most league matches become sold out shortly after they go on sale. Therefore, it is important to be prepared and buy tickets as soon as they become available.

If tickets do not sell out, Signal Iduna Park allows fans to buy tickets from the ticket office four and a half hours before kickoff.

If you are unable to buy tickets for a sold out match through the official channels, there are reliable secondary ticket websites that offer somewhat discounted prices. Of course, you will need to be prepared to pay significantly more than the face value.

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

You can find a seating plan here.

Signal Iduna Park stadium tours

Borussia Dortmund organizes guided stadium tours that include the dressing rooms, players' tunnel, VIP areas, mixed zone, stadium prison, and Borusseum club museum (including trophy room). The tour lasts about 90 minutes or 120 minutes for the PLUS version including the South Stand. The tour schedule varies depending on the season, but typically there are tours at 12:00 noon, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. There are also additional tours on the weekends.

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

Tickets can be bought online, at the Borusseum, or from any of the other matchday ticket sales points in the Dortmund area. It is advised to arrive early to get tickets because the group size is limited to 40 people.

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

Relevant Internet links

The Borussia Dortmund website (www.bvb.de), Signal Iduna Park website (www.signal-iduna-park.de), and the Stadion-live event management website (www.stadion-live.de) are all official websites for the Dortmund city area. Additionally, the Dortmund tourism webiste (www.dortmund-tourismus.de) is a helpful resource for tourists in the city of Dortmund. Finally, the trains and buses page on bahn.de can be used to find timetables and fares for various transportation options in the area. Wojciech wrote: 23 March 2015 at 4:52 PM 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 Dortmund city centre. The people were friendly. It is a must-see place.

I went to watch BVB against VFB Stuttgart in 2014. The experience was amazing. The fans were very loud, and the stadium is easy to get to from Dortmund city centre. People are friendly here, and it is a must-see place.

. The DCH wrote: 17 February 2014 at 6:50pm Fantastic and friendly fans, great atmosphere, impressive stadium, and good football. Lives up to its reputation. Surely one of the best places to watch football in the world.

. The fans were fantastic and friendly, the atmosphere was impressive, the stadium was impressive, and the football was good. It lived up to its reputation as one of the best places to watch football in the world.

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