There are more cheaper hotels in the centre as well. If you are planning to stay more than one day or want to join the nightlife, Düsseldorf or Bochum (for nightlife) might be better options to find accomodation.S-Bahn line S1 and regional trains directly connect both cities with Dortmund’s main railway station.The stadium stood out because of its rectangular shape in a 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.
But Aubameyang is under contract until 2020 and Dortmund have time to cash in on the striker should they wish.Westfalenstadion officially opened on the 2nd of April 1974 with a friendly between Dortmund and Schalke 04.The stadium back then only consisted of one tier that could hold 54,000 spectators, of which 37,000 standing.During the 1974 World Cup, Westfalenstadion hosted three first round group matches and the second round group match between Holland and Brazil (2-0).The stadium remained largely unchanged until the early 1990s, when the increased successes of Dortmund grew the need for expansion.
Club: Borussia Dortmund | Opening: 1974 | Capacity: 81,359 (25,000 standing) Signal Iduna Park, before 2005 called Westfalenstadion, was built to serve as a playing venue for the 1974 World Cup.Until then Dortmund had played their home matches at Stadion Rote Erde, and while an expansion of that stadium was first considered, in the end was chosen to build a new stadium all together.The stadium could then hold 68,600 spectators, and the 25,000-capacity South Stand had become the largest terrace of Europe.In 2001, Westfalenstadion hosted the UEFA Cup final between Liverpool and Alavés (5-4).Works started with the conversion of part of the standing areas into seats, actually reducing capacity, but then continued in 1995 with the construction of a second tier on top of the East and West Stand.
Shortly after, building works started on a second tier for the North and South Stand, which were completed in 1999.In just 5 minutes you will arrive at Dortmund Signal Iduna Park station, from where it is a short walk to the stadium. Alternatively, 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. On matchdays, there is a special service that will continue to station Stadion, which is even closer to the stadium.The stadium is furthermore within walking distance of Theodor-Fliedner-Heim station, which is on U-Bahn line 42.In 2006, Signal Iduna Park was one of the playing venues of the 2006 World Cup.Temporarily renamed and with a reduced capacity of 67,000 seats, the stadium hosted four group matches, a round of 16 match, and the semi-final between Germany and Italy (0-2).