Dortmund, a city located in the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen or the North Rhein Westphalia, Germany is famous for its football fanaticism. The city is filled with loyal supporters of Borussia Dortmund is always packed Signal Iduna Park Stadium whenever their favorite team playing at home. Signal Iduna Park itself listed as the biggest stadiums in Germany.
Before being named Signal Iduna Park, the headquarters of the die Borussen was named Westfalenstadion which was officially opened in 1974 as a World Cup venue, 1974. Originally the home ground of Borussia Dortmund is rote Erde stadium, but after winning the “Winner Cup” (UEFA Cup) in 1966, the president of the club wants a larger stadium with a capacity to accommodate their growing fans. Borussia Dortmund at the time was the first German team that won the European title. But their desire to be buried because the city government and the Bundesliga Federation can not afford it. Then in 1974, when the city of Dortmund to host the World Cup, so it built a new stadium with a capacity of 53 872 spectators. During the grand performances, Westfalenstadion hosted 3 group qualifying matches and one final group match.Including the match between the Netherlands VS Brazil with a final score of 2-0.
The first renovation done in 1961 and the last was in 2004, where the stadium’s capacity increased to 80 720 spectators, with the largest standing area in Europe that can accommodate 25,000 spectators. Westfalenstadion renamed Signal Iduna Park in 2005 after signing a sponsorship contract with the insurance company Signal Iduna. The shape of the stadium itself is a new breakthrough. Most of the football field is designed with a round shape like a bowl, but the Signal Iduna Park has a rectangular shape.
After the renovation, the stadium was re-elected to be one of the hosts of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. A total of 6 matches held there, one of them when Germany defeated Italy 2-0. There is also a 2001 UEFA Cup final between Liverpool vs Alaves. Signal Iduna Park is a silent witness of the ferocity of Dortmund supporters, when they helped die Borussen be a team unbeaten at home throughout the Champions League in 2012 – 2013. Die Schwarzgelben does have the largest fan base in Germany with high loyalty.
You can get around on the outside and inside of the Signal Iduna Park with a tour costing € 10 which includes a visit to the Museum of Borussia Dortmund. This tour lasts 75 minutes every day starting at 10:00 until 18:00. To reach this place can use the subway U45 to the Westfalenstadion.