- Address: Strobelallee 50, Dortmund
- Country: Germany
- Capacity: 81,000
- Opened: 2 April 1974
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: Borussia Dortmund (football)
Extra stadium info – Signal Iduna Park
The construction of the stadium, which is also known as the Westfalenstadion, started in 1971. It opened with a capacity of 54,000. The Signal Iduna Park, which is named after a German financial services company, has an all-seated capacity of 65,000 for international football matches. It became the largest stadium by capacity in Germany.
The 1974 FIFA World Cup
The stadium hosted its first-ever FIFA World Cup match on 14 June 1974. The national football team of Scotland won the game against the national football team of the country which is currently known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 25,000 spectators attended the game. The second world championship game at the Signal Iduna Park ended in a 0-0 draw between the Netherlands and Sweden. A crowd of 53,000 showed up for the match. The Netherlands won the third and fourth FIFA World Cup games at the stadium in Dortmund. Bulgaria lost the third match and Brazil lost the fourth match.
The 2006 FIFA World Cup
The Signal Iduna Park also hosted FIFA World Cup games in 2006, including the semi-final match between the national football teams of Germany and the Italian Republic. 65,000 people attended the game. The national football teams of Brazil, Ghana, Japan, Poland, Sweden, the Swiss Confederation, Togo and Trinidad and Tobago also played 2006 FIFA World Cup games at the venue.
Borussia Dortmund have been tenants of the stadium since 1974. FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund became the first German sports clubs with 10 million followers on their main social media page. Borussia Dortmund was founded in 1909 and they won their first domestic top-flight league title in 1956. They drew an average home attendance of 80,000 for national league matches for several consecutive years. Many of the club’s top division home games are attended by numerous English spectators, drawn to the club by low ticket prices compared to the Premier League.
Borussia Dortmund won the European championship for football clubs in 1997 for the first time in their history after defeating Juventus Football Club from the Italian Republic 3-1. The match took place in the German city of Munich. The same year, Borussia Dortmund won the Toyota Cup, the former world championship for football clubs. They won the title after beating Cruzeiro Esporte Clube from Brazil 2-0 in the Japanese city of Tokyo.