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Travel Tips to Watch Borussia Dortmund match

Watching a Borussia Dortmund match at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK is an amazing experience! Die Gelbe Wand (The Yellow Wall), a huge terrace of 24,000 fervent fans all roaring on their team, creates a special atmosphere.  

In this article we’ll take an in-depth look at match days at Borussia Dortmund, give you advice on how to get tickets and introduce you to the Rote Erde Stadium. 

Looking for activities in Dortmund beyond football? Explore our Dortmund city attractions guide to find the top recommended attractions in the city.

Signal Iduna Park

The SIGNAL IDUNA PARK is one of Europe’s most iconic football venues, celebrated for its vibrant atmosphere. It has a capacity of 81,365 (both standing and seating) for Borussia Dortmund matches and a capacity of 66,009 (seating only) for international fixtures. This makes it the biggest stadium in Germany and the 3rd-largest European club stadium behind Camp Nou and Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.

The Südtribune, or South Stand, has a capacity of 24,454, making it European football’s largest standing terrace. Die Gelbe Wand, or “The Yellow Wall” is the core of Dortmund’s home supporter and the ultras are revered around the world for their impressive choreo displays.

In 2005 Borussia Dortmund sold the stadium’s naming rights to the insurance company Signal Iduna. Since then the stadium has been known as the “SIGNAL IDUNA PARK”. 

Since moving to the stadium Borussia Dortmund have won 5 German championships, 4 DFB-Pokals (German cups) and the UEFA Champions League.

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Picture is from Danny Last

Notable Events from the Past

On 2 April 1974 the stadium hosted its first match, a friendly match against rivals Schalke 04. 

Later that year it hosted three group stage matches and one decisive final group game in the 1974 World Cup.

In May 2001 the stadium hosted the 2001 UEFA Cup final, a thrilling encounter between Liverpool and Alavés. This final is celebrated as one of the competition’s most exhilarating matches which finished with Liverpool winning 5-4 after extra time. 

At the 2006 World Cup, the stadium further hosted six matches. Among these was the unforgettable semi-final match where Germany suffered a 0-2 defeat to Italy, the eventual tournament winners. 

In the 2011-2012 season, the stadium set a European record for average fan attendance, with nearly 1.37 million spectators across 17 games, averaging 80,588 fans per game.

Euro 2024

During Euro 2024 the stadium will be known as “BVB Stadion Dortmund”. Six matches will in the stadium:

DatesMatches
15 June 2024Italy – Albania (Group B)
18 June 2024Turkey – Play-off Winner Group C (Group F)
22 June 2024Turkey – Portugal (Group F)
25 June 2024France – Play-off Winner Group A (Group D)
29 June 2024Winner Group A – Runner-up Group C (Round of 16)
10 July 2024Winner Match 47 – Winner Match 48 (Semi-finals)

** If you plan to travel to Euro 2024 from France, check out our France fans Euro 2024 guide.

Stadium Tours and the Borusseum

For fans looking to immerse themselves in Borussia Dortmund’s rich history, stadium tours offer an unparalleled experience.

These tours provide access to the most hallowed sections of the stadium, including the players’ dressing rooms, the atmospheric tunnel leading to the pitch, and the VIP areas. 

A highlight of the tour is the Borusseum, Borussia Dortmund’s own museum. The museum was renovated in 2022 and focuses on different themes like, the stadiums, the players and the fans. There’s many highlights, such as old player shirts and the chance to have your photo taken with a replica of the Bundesliga trophy. This journey through Dortmund’s football history is a must for any true fan or sports enthusiast. 

Tickets

Tickets for the Südtribune are the hardest to purchase. Match tickets go on sale 4 to 6 weeks before the match and occasionally reach public sale here. Keep looking at the club website for the latest ticket news.

I really recommend registering and trying to get tickets on the “Zweitmarkt” site offered by the club. Here ticket holders can resell their match tickets to other fans. 

You could also try contacting your local Borussia Dortmund fan club for ticket advice. Sometimes they can use their connections to the club to help you find a ticket.

Some friends have purchased tickets from re-sell website, like Stubhub and Groundhop Ticket. Otherwise, you can try to get a ticket on a match day from people selling spare tickets around the ground. Be prepared to negotiate on price though and be careful not to be ripped off.

One other tip that can also work is to try and get a ticket with the opposition fans. Away fans get allocated 8,000 tickets for each BVB game and sometimes not all tickets are sold. If there are tickets left over these get released on to general sale via the BVB ticket shop. Ok, you may not watch the game amongst the BVB fans but you’ll get a brilliant view of the Gelbe Wand!  

If you want to be a bit more extravagant you can book a Borussia Dortmund Adrenalin Trip. This package costs between €250 – €450 and includes 2 nights in a hotel, a ticket for a Borussia Dortmund home game, a voucher for the fanshop and a ticket for the BORUSSEUM. 

Around the Ground

Before the match the area around the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK turns into a party. I normally meet friends near the ground and we grab a beer and bratwurst from one of the many stalls and soak up the atmosphere. With 80,000 people attending each home game there’s always a lot going on!

The old BVB ground, Stadion Rote Erde, is situated right next door to the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK and it becomes a beer garden on match days. It’s a great place to watch fans arrive, most wearing their vintage BVB shirt or a typical “Kutte” jacket.  There’s plenty of places to grab some typical German football food like a Bratwurst, Pommes Frites or a Pretzel. 

I also recommend a visit to Strobels. It’s a pub and beer garden right behind the Nord Tribune and is a great place for something to eat and drink before the match. Sometimes, if I don’t have match tickets I reserve a table and watch the match on one of the 12 big screen TV’s inside and outside. 

If you want something slightly more relaxed I recommend Mit Schmackes, owned by former BVB player and World Cup winner, Kevin Grosskreutz. It’s a traditional pub in the city serving classic food from the region.  The walls are decorated with BVB memorabilia and even some of Kevin Grosskreutz’s old shirts. 

In the city centre the brewery pub, Wenkers, is a place I always take visitors to. It’s like a locals pub but big enough that you can usually find a table. The food is great, they serve local specialities and the beer is tremendous! On a match day this place can get full, but the atmosphere is always friendly and you’ll soon get talking to BVB fans. 

Fan Shop

The BVB FanWelt is huge. It’s two floors with over 1,000 items in Borussia Dortmund colours! There’s even a mini football pitch and a replica of the Yellow Wall terrace. This place is always really busy on match day. 

There are 3 other fan shops in the centre of Dortmund. FanShop Königswall (opposite the main train station and Fanshop Thier Galerie and BVB FanShop Krone both in the city centre

Inside SIGNAL IDUNA PARK

Food and Drinks

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Picture is from Danny Last

There are a variety of food and beverage options inside the stadium. The choice isn’t particularly extensive and focuses on German football favourites like pommes frites, schnitzel and bratwurst. 

Payment

At SIGNAL IDUNA PARK, cashless payments can be made at all stands with a debit or credit card and even with Apple Pay and Google Pay.

Insider Tips

  • Get there early!

Make sure you get inside the stadium early. The queues can be long and you might have to wait around 30 minutes to get in the ground. My advice is to get inside the stadium, grab something to eat and drink and enjoy watching the atmosphere on the Gelbe Wand build ahead of kick off!  

  • Souvenir tickets

One really cool thing BVB introduced recently is the chance to print a souvenir ticket. Most tickets are now digital and exist only on your phone. The club installed two machines in the BVB Fan World where you can get a souvenir ticket printed for just €2.

Travel

By train:

On match days you can take a train from Dortmund Hauptbahnhof (main station) to the stop “SIGNAL IDUNA PARK”

The underground train line U45 takes you to the “Stadion” stop, which is just a short distance from SIGNAL IDUNA PARK. The journey is also possible with the U42 to the stop “Theodor-Fliedner-Heim” from here it is a 7-minute walk to the stadium. 

By car:

Directions to the stadium are straight forward from all directions: A1 from the north, A2 from the east, A45 from the south, and A40/B1 from the west.

Over 10,000 paid parking spots are available near SIGNAL IDUNA PARK and Westfalenhalle, with a shuttle service from the university campus (Otto-Hahn-Straße carpark) offering an alternative parking solution.

If you’re finding it challenging to plan your journey to the stadium, check out our article on transportation apps for assistance

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Stadion Rote Erde

While you’re visiting the city I recommend exploring this historic stadium and immersing yourself in Dortmund’s football heritage.

The Rote Erde Stadium was completed in 1926 and was Borussia Dortmund’s home ground from 1937 until the club moved to the Westfalenstadion in 1974. In the Rote Erde, Borussia Dortmund won the Bundesliga three times during the 1950s and 1960s. 

The Rote Erde Stadium is right next to the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK and hosts Borussia Dortmund’s Under 23 team, who currently play in the 3rd division.  These matches often attract thousands of fans with the Under 23 team also having their own ultras group. 

The Borussia Dortmund women’s team also plays their home games here. Tickets for both teams are available on match days from the ticket office at the stadium. 

Wrapping Up

On our journey through a match day at Borussia Dortmund, we’ve looked at how to get your match ticket and how to enjoy the match day at one of the world’s greatest stadiums. 

As the stadium gears up to host Euro 2024, it stands not just as a monument to footballing excellence but as a beacon for fans worldwide. Whether you’re a die-hard Borussia Dortmund fan, or just a football crazy traveler, a visit to this legendary stadium offers an unforgettable experience. Don’t forget to buy yourself a Borussia Dortmund t shirt or a Borussia Dortmund flag.

P.S. I am sharing the photos of my friend, Danny Last. You can follow him on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/lastdanny/