That's how many fans fit into SIGNAL IDUNA PARK, Germany's largest football stadium
If you had told the people of Dortmund 30 years ago about a football temple with a capacity of over 80,000 in their city centre - a stadium boasting a glass façade, undersoil heating and the largest stand in Europe - they would have all smiled tolerantly at such a fanciful notion. Nowadays, though, the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK on Strobelallee is Germany’s largest football stadium with a capacity of exactly 81,360. The fact that the outlay for Borussia’s enormous arena almost crippled the club financially is another matter entirely – and one which was fortunately resolved at the end of May 2006.
The venue located on Strobelallee – known as “the temple” by fans and regularly dubbed “the most beautiful stadium in the country” by the press, professionals and VIPS alike – has been one of the largest and most comfortable stadia in Europe since the third expansion phase was completed. A long process of construction and conversion reached its peak when the stadium was renovated in the run-up the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Yet works are carried out on the stadium every summer, with BVB investing some ten million Euro in the renovation of the now-ageing arena in 2012 alone: both the grass and the drainage in the southern half of the pitch were replaced; the south stand was strengthened by support measures; concrete sanitation measures were implemented in the northern part; seven new VIP boxes were added in the part of the east stand where the press area used to be; new cameras armed with impressive digital technology provide greater security, with the away area and the lower tier of the south stand in particular under increased observation; and in the year before new scoreboards were installed.
The stadium story began some 40 years ago - on 5 April 1965 to be precise. After four long years of discussing the expansion and modernisation of the somewhat outdated "Rote Erde" arena, the city’s Central and Financial Committee "took note of the suggestion not to expand the Rote Erde stadium, but instead to build a new football stadium by incorporating the two western practice fields and the small surface area occupied by the air bath". The first step on the path to building a completely new arena - named the "Twin Stadium" in official circles in view of its parallel construction to the Rote Erde - had been taken.
Yet the project did not gather full momentum until the city of Cologne decided against building a new stadium at the start of the 1970s, paving the way for Dortmund to apply as a host city for the 1974 World Cup – and for the construction of a new stadium. Without the federal and state funding provided, the financing of the Westfalenstadion would simply not have been feasible.
On 2 April 1974 - nine years after the official decision had been made – the Westfalenstadion was officially opened, with the stadium offering 54,000 predominantly standing spaces. The inauguration took place in a friendly match against Schalke 04. And the stadium has lost none of its aura since. Quite the opposite, in fact. Radio broadcasters rave about the “temple of German football” when they report from such a unique arena: the proximity to the pitch, the acoustics thanks to its complete roofing and the unique passion the fans in the Ruhr have for the beautiful game. All of this creates a crackling atmosphere, casting a spell over spectators and striking fear into opponents. An opinion poll in May 2006 saw professional footballers at the 18 Bundesliga clubs rate the grounds in Hamburg (28%) and Dortmund (27%) as their favourites.
To be precise, the history of the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK dates back to the year 1961. It was then that the Sporting Committee first discussed the expansion of the "Rote Erde Arena". In those days, which were characterised by structural change in the Ruhr and the onset of the coal and steel crisis, money was no less of a boundary than it is today. That goes some way to explaining why ten years went by before the Council decided on 4 October 1971 to build the Westfalenstadion. Finances still proved problematic, though.
The German Football Association might have been awarded hosting rights for the 1974 World Cup in 1966, yet Dortmund’s plans for a new stadium to be constructed in a conventional design – thus costing 30 million Euro - threatened to fall apart. Despite the clear decision by the Council, administrative authorities were still exploring the option of expanding the existing arena in a bid to save costs.
The head of the sports department Erich Rüttel succeeded with his proposal to build a stadium based on the model of the Canadian Olympic City of Montreal (1976) using prefabricated construction methods. It was the decisive breakthrough. The costs were halved, with the outlay in initial talks estimated at 27 million Marks (almost 14 million Euro). By the end of the construction works, it came to seven million Marks more.
Just five months later, on 19 October 1970, the Council gave the plans the green light and decided to begin building the Westfalenstadion the following year. Over 80% of the 17 million Euro costs were funded by federal and state support, lottery takings and donations. The city contributed three million Marks to this sum, realising early on that the 1974 FIFA World Cup would offer them an unprecedented chance to construct a suitable arena for the future – without the World Cup there would have been no funding. After all, the provisional stand in the south curve of the "Rote Erde" already showed signs of damage and an internal paper by the Planning Committee revealed: "After the dismantling of this stand, the capacity will be reduced to 25,000."
The Westfalenstadion, on the other hand, would hold 56,000 fans. Ultimately, it was around 54,000, although only 17,000 places were seated. The fact that the majority of spectators (47,000) were covered by a roof received special praise from BVB's then President, Heinz Günther. It offered "the average man in the street" a roof over his head, which was by no means usual at that time.
Zaire, Scotland, Sweden, Brazil and tournament runners-up Holland played their 1974 group stage matches at the Westfalenstadion as football fever gripped the city of Dortmund. All of the enthusiasm that had been present in the golden years of the '50s and '60s returned to the city during the World Cup, and could soon be felt at fixtures in the second tier of the Bundesliga. Regular attendances of over 45,000 fans - three times as many as beforehand in the Rote Erde - suddenly flocked to BVB matches as the club benefited considerably from its new stadium. Two years later, in June 1976, Borussia returned to the top tier of German football. In 1983, the club then celebrated its return to the European stage following a 15-year absence. The Black and Yellows won the DFB Cup in 1989, the German league title in 1995, 1996 and 2002 and reached three European finals, winning one - the most important one against Italian giants Juventus in the 1997 UEFA Champions League.
For the 18-year period up until 1992, the Westfalenstadion remained largely in its original condition. However, the 14 years that followed were characterised by drastic modifications - five in total. In 1992, the stadium capacity was reduced to 42,800 spectators when the standing places in the north stand were converted into seats. As part of expansion stage one, the capacity of the west and east stands was increased by 6,000 places respectively thanks to the addition of a further upper tier three years later. The second expansion phase saw the capacity increase to 68,600 in 1999 when the south stand - the focal point of Dortmund's enthusiasm for football - was increased to 24,454 to make it the largest stand in Europe. For international matches, the standing spaces can be transformed into seats.
On 6 May 2002, the works on the closure and the expansion of the corner areas finally got underway. First of all, 15-metre-long foundation piles were inserted into the ground in the north and south area and placed in the corners of what later became the stairway, redirecting the incredible load of 3,000 tonnes per stand roof onto stable ground. The foundation work for the supports and staircases took place on these piles. Yet another highly demanding engineering challenge was the construction of the stadium roofing. As part of this process, the corner pylons inside the stadium which supported the roof and therefore obstructed the view of spectators sitting in the new seats in the expanded corner area were replaced by eight externally installed yellow steel pylons.
The third expansion stage, which was completed on 13 September 2003, did more than just increase the stadium capacity to around 14,000. BVB has now sets new standards when it comes to providing top-notch hospitality. With a total of 3,450 seats in its catering areas, SIGNAL IDUNA PARK is also home to the largest hospitality area in the German Bundesliga. However, everything is still in proportion in Dortmund's ground, with the catering areas only holding a modest percentage of the entire stadium capacity.
The eight 62-metre-high yellow pylons have since become a landmark in the Dortmund skyline. In December 2005 they were joined by letters spelling the stadium name, which are up to 3.5 metres high and visible in the distance from main roads 54 and 1, appearing in black by day and glowing white by night.
Following the expansion, BVB fans readily accepted their temple with great pride. And the club's marvellous attendance record in recent years attests to this. A breath-taking work of construction and phenomenal fans provide the club with the optimal conditions to host many great football spectacles in the greatest (and biggest) ground in the Bundesliga. To be exact, it can now hold exactly 81,360 spectators due to the reconstruction measures taken prior to the World Cup (including the removal of the last seat shells from 1974 and the demolition of the front sections) and the modernisation work carried out before the 2012/13 season.
Only one footballer has had really negative experiences in the "temple" on Strobelallee in this 32-year-period: ex-Braunschweig player Danilo Popivoda. On 23 April 1977, with worms plaguing the turf, Popivoda found himself unmarked just six metres from the Borussia goal, drew his foot back to shoot and slipped on a piece of grass no longer attached to its worm-infested roots. He landed on his nose, while the ball stopped in front of the line. Borussia and Braunschweig drew the match 0-0.
SIGNAL IDUNA PARK
Getting to SIGNAL IDUNA PARK
From the north: A1 to junction Dortmund-Unna, A44/B1 towards Dortmund
From the east: A2 to junction Dortmund-Nordost, B236 towards Schwerte, B1 towards Dortmund
From the south: A45 to junction Dortmund-Süd, B54 towards Dortmund
There are more than 10,000 payable parking spaces available for use in the area around SIGNAL IDUNA PARK and Westfalenhalle. Alternatively, make use of our shuttle service leaving from the university campus by parking in the Otto-Hahn-Straße carpark (A45 exit Eichlinghofen or B1 exit Barop). You will find further information about our P&R possibilities here (Source: City of Dortmund).
ICE connections from the east (Berlin, Wolfsburg, Hanover, Bielefeld) and south (Mainz, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Nuremberg and Munich). IC connections from the north (Hamburg and Bremen) each at hourly intervals. From the main train station, either take the regional train to SIGNAL IDUNA PARK station or the underground to Westfalenhalle/Stadion.
These Stadium Regulations shall serve the controlled use and guarantee safety in the enclosed area of SIGNAL IDUNA PARK (hereinafter referred to as the STADIUM) including all facilities, entrances and exits to and from the Stadium, as well as adjoining parking facilities provided for the use of visitors to events held in the Stadium (hereinafter referred to as the Facilities). When entering the stadium and/ or driving into the facilities with a car, the visitor agrees with the Stadium Regulations, which he has also noticed by the announcement at the gates.
§ 2 Purpose
The Stadium’s chief purpose is to provide a venue for football matches. Apart from that, the Stadium may be used for other sports and miscellaneous events, in the context of the general legal provisions.
Claims by the public to the use of the Stadium shall only arise in the context of the purposes named in §1 (1). The right of use follows current law requirements.
On a case-by-case basis the concluding regulations for use and enjoyment of the stadium are geared to the terms of common law.
§ 3 Entry into the Stadium
Entry into the Stadium and Facilities shall only be granted to persons in possession of a valid entry ticket, day ticket, season ticket or other form of entry permission (e.g. accreditation) or can supply some other proof of their right to enter the Stadium for a certain event. Children up to the completion of their fourteenth year have only the permission to enter the stadium in company with an adult. Children up to the completion of their seventh year- even in company with an adult- are not allowed to enter the standing tribune area of the stadium. Persons, who are dependent on an escort, can only enter with an escort person up to the completion of their sixteenth year at least.
This right to entry shall only apply to tickets that have been legitimately procured, what means a valid entry ticket, day ticket, season ticket or other form of entry permission. The commercial resale of entry tickets and the illegitimate use of the logo-, mark,- brand,- copyright,- and any other rights of the Borussia Dortmund GmbH und Co. KGaA including all associate companies in accordance to §§ 15 ff. AktG, during the preparation, the implementation and/ or the processing of a private transmission or -disposal of tickets exceeding 15% of the original ticket price especially via the Internet, shall not be permitted, and may lead to the invalidation of the corresponding ticket without refund. Otherwise, the Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA general terms of business for ticket sales and the GTC “Season Tickets” shall apply.
Spectators shall take the place, seat or the area of the standing room, stated on the corresponding ticket or other form of entry permission for the event, and shall present entry tickets and other forms of entry permission documentation for the Stadium and Facilities to the police or security staff on request. For safety reasons and to prevent danger, spectators shall relocate to places other than those stated on the entry ticket – even if these places are in other blocks – on the instructions of the police or security staff. The stadium with its Facilities, especially the pitch, corridors, and any other spaces and areas must not be used as a parking area, unless there is an individual contractual agreement.
The Stadium is equipped with an electronic entry control system. The entry ticket or any other form of entry permission shall not lose its validity until the end of the event. This shall also apply to owners of season tickets with regard to entry on a given match date.
The regulations and/or agreements of Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA shall apply to entry to the Stadium on days without events.
The Stadium and- in some cases- its Facilities are monitored by video cameras because of criminal prosecution and to ensure safety and prevent danger in the Stadium. The corresponding recordings will be locked and only be used in case of the occurrence of criminal offence or violation of a legally protected interest as source of evidence and can be presented to the police and/ or criminal prosecution staff on request. Furthermore, on match and or event dates, the police and criminal prosecution staff use an own closed-circuit surveillance system because of criminal prosecution to ensure safety and to prevent danger in accordance to the general legal provisions (e.g. PolG NRW, stop). In accordance to the general legal data e-mail: email@example.com.
Each visitor shall unlimited irrevocably consent to the free use of visual or sound recordings of the visitor’s person made during an event. This shall especially apply to the use of live broadcasts, programmes or recordings.
§ 4 Use of the parking areas
Each visitor shall present his or her entry ticket or entry permission to the security staff on entering the Stadium and/ or Facilities without request, and shall submit the entry ticket or permission for verification.
Visitors shall use the adjoining parking facilities at their own risk. The event organiser is not in charge of any guarding, safekeeping, or supervision of the motor vehicle or its contents as well as the granting of a vehicle- specific insurance.
Opening times change and comply with the times of the game or the event. Visitors or users shall notice any other announcements. There is no claim to keep certain opening times. If there is no specific written permission or announcement, the stadium will be closed three hours after the end of the game or the event.
It is permitted only to drive at walking pace. The instructions of the police or security staff as well as any signings and markings have to be followed. Motor vehicles can only be parked within the signed adjoining parking facilities. Road traffic regulations have to be followed.
Any residence at the parking facilities, which has any other reason than visiting a game or getting the car after the game, is not permitted, unless the event organiser has determined the parking facilities as a specific type of use. Camping or cleaning and/ or repairing of vehicles is not permitted. It is also not permitted to leave defect vehicles, store any kind of fuel or inflammable objects and garbage, to horn, to let the engine warm up and any other kind of exhaust and sound annoyance.
The event organiser can reorder and/ or remove vehicles at the expense and threat of the visitor or user, especially if (a ) the right of use in case of the game or event had been expired; (b ) if vehicle is seen as a kind of danger because of a leaking tank or carburetor or any other defects; (c ) if a vehicle is not authorized by the police or if a vehicle is phased out by the council during the existing contract; (d ) if the vehicle has been parked illegally on wrong parking facilities.
The visitor and user of the parking facilities is liable for injury caused by himself or his escort to the event organizer or a third party. This includes impurity to the parking facilities caused by negligence and especially the storage of garbage.
The event organizer is not liable for damages caused by visitors or any other third party. This applies in particular to vandalism, theft of valuables out of vehicles (e.g. car radio, cell phone, personal valuables, computer, photographic equipment, sport equipment or something similar) or things which are secured to the vehicle unless the event organizer is in charge of it in accordance with §10 of the Stadium Regulations.
§ 5 Entry control
Each visitor shall present his or her entry ticket or entry permission to the security staff on entering the Stadium and/ or Facilities unrequested, and shall submit the entry ticket or permission for verification.
The security staff and police are authorised to search visitors for violation against §7 of the Stadium Regulations and/or the use of alcohol or narcotics, carrying firearms or objects that are dangerous or may cause fire, thus representing a safety risk. Technical equipment may be used in the search. This search shall extend to any objects especially outer and leg wear, shoes and objects brought by the visitor.
Persons that fail to prove their right to enter the Stadium or Facilities, violate the prohibitions as listed in §7 of these Stadium Regulations, and/or represent a safety risk, shall be turned back and refused entry to the Stadium. This shall also apply to persons banned from stadium entry by Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA and/or DFB and/or DFL and/or any association or club member belonging to DFL, UEFA or FIFA within the Federal Republic of Germany. In the latter case, the event organiser shall reserve the right to file for prosecution. Visitors refused entry shall not be entitled to a refund on the price of the ticket.
§ 6 Behaviour in the stadium
Each visitor inside the Stadium shall behave in such a way as not to harm or endanger others, or unnecessarily cause a nuisance or hindrance to others over and above that inevitable due to circumstances.
Each visitor shall follow any instructions given by the police, fire services, security and rescue services, event management, safety officer or stadium speaker.
All entrances and exits, escape routes and escape doors shall be kept free from obstruction and do not have to be adjusted or changed in their function. Escape doors and escape routes may only be open in case of emergency.
Notwithstanding the Stadium Regulations, the persons authorised in §5 (2) may give further instructions in order to prevent or alleviate danger to life and limb or personal property. These instructions shall also be followed immediately.
Video recordings and photographics made by visitors on match days are only for private purposes and can only be made with equipment, which is apparently developed for personal use. Any other use of the recordings or transfer to a third party, or any publication in the media, especially in case of reselling tickets (e.g. on the internet), requires the approval of the Borussia Dortmund GmbH und Co. KgaA.
§ 6a Special provisions for the exercise of the householder’s rights
The Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA disassociate itself from any racist, xenophobic, anti-semitic, violent or discriminatory, as well as from right and/or left-wing extremist tendencies of all kind. Thus the event organiser reserves the exertion of householder’s rights for oneself and to prohibit specifically persons, which (a) are part of left and/or right-wing extremist parties,communities or organisations and/or (b) are able to be assigned to the left and/or right-wing scene obviously and/or (c) emerged through racist, xenophobic, anti-semitic, violent or discriminatory, defamatory or other misanthropic utterances in the past the entering of the event, to exclude these persons from the event and/or to speak out – even beforehand – a local stadium ban; §8 Abs. 7 applies mutatis mutandis.
§ 7 Visitors to the Stadium shall not be permitted to possess or use the following objects:
All visitors to the stadium are prohibited from bringing in or using any of the following items:
Subjects or media with racist, xenophobic, violent or discriminatory material, right or left-wing extremist propaganda even if it is not prosecutable; the same shall apply to clothing (e.g. with imprints and/or symbols like: Thor Steinar, Consdaple, Borussenfront, HoGeSa (Hooligans against Salafists), GnuHonnters etc.);
Weapons of any type, as well as any objects that may be used to stab, beat or otherwise injure others;
Objects that may be used as weapons or projectiles;
Glass vessels, bottles (including PET bottles), cups, mugs, cans or other objects made of materials that may easily break or shatter, or are particularly hard;
Glass containers, bottles (including PET bottles), tumblers, jugs or cans or other items that are made from fragile, splintering or particularly hard material;
Bulky items such as ladders, stools, chairs, crates, prams, walking frames; wheelchairs are allowed only in section 3 and 6;
Torches, flares, sparklers, fireworks, smoke powder, smoke bombs, smoke pots, smoke torches or other pyrotechnical objects, including the corresponding launching equipment;
Flag or banner poles more than two metre in length or three centimetres in thickness;
Mechanical or electrical instruments operated to create loud noise;
Drinks and food of any type, narcotics;
Suitcases, large bags or rucksacks, bigger than 297mm x 210mm x 150mm;
Photo cameras, video cams or other visual or sound-recording equipment used for commercial purpose as well as additional equipment (e.g. photo-bags, tripods and especially telephoto and interchangeable lenses), without corresponding permission from the event organiser in accordance to §6 Abs.5 of the Stadium Regulation.;
Objects suitable and/or intended for concealing the visitor’s identity.
2. Visitors are also prohibited from the following in the stadium and/or in the facilities:
Expressions, gestures or an external appearance, the nature or type of which can objectively be used to defame third parties, in particular due to their skin colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, origins or ethnic background; in particular, this includes the prohibition to express or spread sentiment considered to be racist, xenophobic, violent, discriminatory or associated with the extreme right and/or left wing or to exhibit, showcase or generally make visible tattoos and/or jewellery containing lettering or symbols clearly considered to be racist, xenophobic, violent, discriminatory or associated with the extreme right and/or left wing;
Climbing on or over buildings and structures which are not intended for general use, in particular facades, fences, walls, the closed perimeter surrounding the pitch, barriers, lighting systems, camera platforms, trees, masts of any type and roofs;
Entering areas where visitors are not permitted (e.g. the pitch, the interior area of the stadium, function rooms);
Throwing items or liquids of any type onto the playing surface or the spectator areas;
Igniting, burning and/or setting off fire, fireworks/firecrackers, star shells, smoke powder, smoke bombs, smoke containers, smoke flares and/or other pyrotechnic items including any corresponding firing mechanisms;
Selling tickets without permission;
Marking, painting or affixing items to structural works, installations or pathways.
Relieving oneself outside of the bathroom facilities or contaminating the stadium in any other way, in particular by disposing of items (in the event of breaches, a flat-rate cleaning fee in the amount of €50.00 is charged; see § 8 Para. 3);
Accessing pathways and areas without obtaining the required permission.
Presenting any type of (illegally obtained) fan items/fan articles associated with the opposing team;
Using items in any way which prevents the verification of one’s identity (ban on face coverings).
2. The following shall be prohibited in the Stadium or Facilities:
a) Statements, gestures and/ or outward appearance which is according to type and content apparently used for the defame of third parties, especially regarding the skin colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethical origin; It also includes the ban of calling or spreading racist, xenophobic, violent, discriminatory, or left or right-wing extremist slogans or to put tattoos and/ or body decoration with banners or symbols of a clearly racist, xenophobic, violent or discriminatory nature or left and/or right-wing extremist tendency on display or wear them generally visible;
(b) Climbing onto or over facilities not intended for public use such as building fronts, fences, walls, pitch barriers, other barriers, camera stands, trees, pylons of any type, or roofs;
c) Entering areas not open to visitors such as the pitch, interior and utility areas;
d) Throwing objects or fluids of any type onto sports playing or spectator areas;
e) Setting fire, gunpowder, smoke bombs, smoke pots, smoke torches and/ or any other pyrotechnic articles including firing machenisms; ligniting or firing flares or fireworks,
f) selling entry tickets without permission;
g) Writing, drawing or posting on buildings, facilities or pathways;
h) Urinating, defecating inside the Stadium outside the toilets, or otherwise polluting the Stadium in particular by casting off objects with refuse (for any contravention Borussia Dortmund charges an overall cleening fee to the amount of € 50,00; see §8 Abs. 3);
i) Driving or riding on the pathways and open spaces without special permission to do so;
j) Presenting of each (stolen) fan material from the rival;
k) Using any kind of objects which impede the identification (law that forbids to mask the faces);
l) Smoking (incl. e-cigarettes) in sectors 64 and 65 as well as on level three of the northwest corner (family sector).
3. It is also considered to be a breach of the aforementioned provisions if a visitor provides another visitor with assistance in the execution of a prohibited activity or incites another visitor to carry out a prohibited activity or supports him/her in this process.
4. While within the confines of the stadium and/or the stadium facilities during an event within the meaning of these Stadium Rules, it is also prohibited to gather together with a group of persons possessing a clear desire to disturb the public peace or possessing a clear desire to disturb the planned running of the event as part of a collective action.
5. Commercial activities, the distribution or the sale of newspapers, magazines, printed material, advertising brochures or the like as well as the collection or the storage of items within the confines of the stadium are only permitted after receiving the prior express and written consent of BVB Stadion GmbH, Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA or the respective event organiser.
6. It is prohibited to enter the entire south stand area (S/W, South, S/E) of the stadium in clothing associated with the opposing team and to enter areas used exclusively by the away team (North, N/E) in BVB clothing.
§ 8 Violation
Persons in violation of the Stadium Regulations may be refused entry to the Stadium, or expelled from the Stadium without compensation. Further rights of Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA shall remain unaffected. The same shall apply to persons recognisably under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. In case of culpable contravention in accordance with §6 Abs. 5 of the Stadium Regulations the infringer is committed to pay a penalty to the Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA and/ or the BVB Stadion GmbH at the discretion of the Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA and/ or the BVB Stadion GmbH. The infringer can proof the amount of the fine through the responsible German Court. Further requirements remain unaffected.
Persons that endanger the safety or order of an event due to their behaviour inside or outside the Stadium during an event may be banned from the Stadium without compensation. Further rights of Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA shall remain unaffected. Depending on the extent of the violation, this ban may be applied to the Stadium alone or all stadiums across the country. The DFB guidelines on improving safety at national matches as well as the DFB committee for safety issues towards uniform stadium ban management shall apply in their current versions.
In case of culpable offence against §6 Abs. 1 and 5, §6a and §7 of this Stadium Regulations the perpetrator is committed to pay a contractual penalty to Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA, which is based on the equitable discretion of Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA. The contractual penalty will be appointed and assigned after the principle of proportionality. In this instance the perpetrator is able to let check the correctness of the height of the penalty from a court which has jurisdiction ratione loci and ratione materiae for the registered office of the Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA. In case of a culpable violation the visitor is committed especially to pay a contractual penalty to the event organiser at the amount of
€50.00 for a breach of § 7 Para. 2 lit. g) and h);
up to €500.00 for a breach of § 7 Para. 2 lit. a) to d), f), j) and k);
up to €1,500.00 for a breach of § 6 Para. 5 and § 7 Para. 2 lit. e) of the Stadium Rules.
Further claims relating to compensation, injunctive relief or other contractual issues remain unaffected.
4. In case of infringements against §7 Abs. 6 (see above) the event organiser, especially the security service is authorised to delocalize visitors from the announced area or to order this persons off the Stadium; whereas - if possible in a given case – one should allot a proper seat in another area of the stadium to the visitor as milder punishment.
5.A charge can be filed in case of suspicion of criminal offence or other types of infringements
6. Suspicion of criminal activity or misdemeanour may lead to prosecution. Prohibited objects carried shall be confiscated and – if not needed for criminal proceedings – returned on payment of fees for their safekeeping and return once the reason for the confiscation is over, or destroyed at the expense of the visitor four weeks after the event at the latest. The event organiser is not liable for loss of or damage to secured goods.
7. Measures taken according to §6a as well as §8 (1) to (6) shall exclude claims to compensation, such as ticket refunds, from Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA and/or the event organiser involved.
8.The visitor shall compensate Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA for any compensation for damages or fines charged by associations, especially FIFA, UEFA, DFB, or DFL, arising from that visitor’s violation of the Stadium Regulations.
§ 9 Property rights, supervision, lost items
The property and supervision rights shall be exercised by Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA and their employees and vicarious agents as well as the police and security staff at events, and the event organiser authorised by Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA.
Visitors can find their lost items at the lost property office (North, Level 1, Security Staff Office). The maximum period of storing lost items shall be six months. Otherwise the general terms of business shall apply.
§ 10 Liability
Visitors shall enter and use the Stadium and/or Facilities at their own risk. Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA is liable – where legally permissible - for personal and property damage only up to the amount of the insured risks.
All claims for damages - irrespective of the legal bases - as well as any liability for indirect loss or damage and loss or damage which was unforeseeable at the time the contract was concluded are excluded to the extent that Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA, its legal representatives and/or agents, have not acted intentionally or grossly negligent.
The above limitations shall not apply to damages resulting from injuries to life, body or health or in cases where, either by operation of law, or in circumstances of a culpable violation of essential contractual obligations (cardinal obligations), liability cannot be limited. Essential contractual obligations are those which are necessary for the fulfilment and the proper execution of the contract and in respect of which the contracting parties will generally expect that these are being complied with.
Any accidents and or damage shall be reported to Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA immediately.
§ 11 Final Provisions
In addition to the Stadium Regulations, further general terms of the event organizer (e.g. the ATGB? And/ or GTC „Season Tickets“), general terms of the national and/ or international associations (e.g. DFB, DFL, UEFA and/or FIFA) and the German Law excluding the provisions of the law on conflict of laws(IPR) and the UN purchase law (CISG) shall apply.
Should any term of this agreement be or become completely and/ or partially invalid there shouldn’t be an effect of the validity of the remaining provisions. In such a case, the legally ineffective provision shall be replaced by a legally admissible provision. This has analogous validity for the closing of any gaps in the provisions.
Correct as of October 2016 Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA