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Signal Iduna Park

SIGNAL IDUNA PARK

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Eightyone thousand three hundred and sixty

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 After four long years of discussing the expansion and modernisation of the somewhat outdated "Rote Erde" arena, the city’s Central and Financial Committee "took note of the suggestion not to expand the Rote Erde stadium, but instead to build a new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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Getting to SIGNAL IDUNA PARK

By car

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

From the west: A40/B1 towards Dortmund

Here you can plan your route using Google Maps.

Parking possibilities

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).

By train

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.

Information on all connections in the Rhine and Ruhr Public Transport Association (VRR) area.

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Stadium Rules

§ 1 Scope of application

  1. These Stadium Rules serve to regulate the use and guarantee the security of the enclosed premises of SIGNAL IDUNA PARK (hereinafter referred to as the “stadium”) including all stadium facilities, entrances and exits as well as the associated parking areas (hereinafter referred to as the “facilities”) which are available for those in attendance (hereinafter referred to as the “visitors”) to use during events held in the stadium. By entering the stadium and/or driving into the stadium facilities by car, the visitor agrees with the validity of these Stadium Rules, which are also displayed at the entrances for the purposes of information.

§ 2 Purpose

  1. The primary purpose of the stadium is to host football matches. However, the hosting of other sporting events as well as other event types may also be permitted within the framework of the applicable legal provisions.
  2. The general public is only entitled to use the stadium and the facilities within the framework of the purpose regulated in Para. (1). A transfer of use shall be assessed according to the applicable provisions under private law.
  3. Any individual contracts relating to the use of the stadium shall be governed by the provisions of civil law.

§ 3 Attendance

  1. Only those persons who are in possession of a valid ticket, i.e. matchday ticket or season ticket, or an authorisation pass (e.g. employment ID card) or who can prove their entitlement to attend the event by another means are permitted to be in the stadium area and in the facilities. Children under the age of 14 may not enter the stadium unless accompanied by an adult. Children under the age of 7 may not enter standing areas of the stadium even if accompanied by an adult. Wheelchair users who rely on assistance may only enter the stadium if accompanied by a helper who is at least 16 years of age.
  2. Access to the stadium is only granted if tickets, i.e. matchday tickets or season tickets, or other authorisation passes, have been acquired lawfully. The commercial and industrial resale of tickets as well as the illegal use of the logo, badge, brand and intellectual property rights and other rights of Borussia Dortmund GmbH und Co. KGaA and associated companies within the meaning of §§ 15 ff. of the German Stock Corporation Act (AktG) with regard to the preparation, execution and/or processing of a private transfer or resale of tickets for over 15% of the original ticket price, in particular via the Internet, is not permitted and may lead to access being blocked for the ticket(s) in question. In addition, the General Ticket Terms and Conditions and the “Season Ticket” Terms and Conditions of Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA shall apply.
  3. Spectators must occupy the seat or block in the standing area indicated on the ticket or authorisation pass for the respective event. Tickets and authorisation passes must be presented to the police or the inspection and security services upon request within the confines of the stadium and its facilities. For reasons relating to security and in order to guarantee public safety, visitors are obliged to move to a different place to the one indicated on the ticket or authorisation pass at the request of the inspection and security services – even if it is in a different block. The stadium and its facilities, in particular the pitch, corridors and other areas intended for the movement of people may not be used for standing or storage unless a contractual authorisation has been granted on an individual basis.
  4. The stadium is equipped with an electronic admission system. A ticket therefore becomes invalid once the event has come to an end; this also applies for the holder of a season ticket or another authorisation pass with regard to access entitlement on a particular matchday.
  5. Any arrangements and/or agreements concluded separately by Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA and/or BVB Stadion GmbH relating to time spent in the stadium on days when events are not being held shall apply.
  6. In order to guarantee stadium security and/or for the purposes of danger prevention and law enforcement, CCTV camera are in operation in the stadium and – to a certain extent – the facilities. Any recordings made shall be safeguarded; they shall be used as evidence in the event a criminal offence or another breach of the law occurs and shall be made available to regulatory and law enforcement authorities. Furthermore, the regulatory and law enforcement authorities use video surveillance systems on matchdays or event days under their own responsibility for the purposes of danger prevention and law enforcement in accordance with the applicable legal provisions (e.g. Police Law for the Federal State of North-Rhine Westphalia – PolG NRW, Code of Criminal Procedure - StPO). If no events of note take place during an event recorded by CCTV cameras, the recordings are deleted in accordance with the applicable provisions under data protection law. The responsible authority within the meaning of § 6b Para. 2 of the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) is: Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co KGaA, Rheinlanddamm 207-209, 44137 Dortmund; telephone: 0231 / 9020-0; e-mail: datenschutz@bvb.de.
  7. With regard to any audio-visual media, each visitor shall consent irrevocably and for an unlimited time period to the free use of images and/or sound of his/her own person – in particular live broadcasts, programmes and/or recordings – which were recorded within the scope of an event.

§ 4 Use of the parking areas

  1. When driving into the stadium and/or its facilities, the visitor is obliged to voluntarily present and/or provide proof of his/her parking or entrance authorisation or any other form of authorisation to the inspection and security services and to hand it over for inspection upon request.
  2. The use of the parking areas takes place at the user’s own risk. The guarding, safekeeping or surveillance of a car or its contents as well as the granting of vehicle-specific insurance coverage are not provided by the event organiser.
  3. The opening times vary and depend upon the fixture or event in question. Any notices displayed must be observed by the visitor or the user. Claims relating to compliance with certain opening hours are excluded. Vehicles may be parked in the parking areas for up to a maximum of 3 hours after the match or event has come to an end, provided that no special written arrangement has been made or a special notice has been displayed.
  4. Drivers must drive at walking pace. The instructions of the inspection and security services as well as any road markings or signs must be followed. Cars may only be parked inside the marked or allocated parking spaces. In addition, the provisions of the German Highway Code (StVO) apply.
  5. A person is not permitted to be in the parking area grounds unless he/she is parking his/her car for the purpose of attending a match or returning to his/her car after the match has come to an end, unless the event organiser has stipulated that the parking areas are to serve a separate purpose for an individual event. It is prohibited to camp or to clean and/or repair vehicles in the parking area. Furthermore, it is also prohibited to abandon faulty motor vehicles, deposit or store fuel and/or inflammable items of any kind, drop rubbish, honk one’s horn, leave one’s engine on to warm it up or to cause any other form of pollution through avoidable exhaust gases and noise in the parking area.
  6. The organiser may have parked vehicles moved and/or removed at the cost and risk of the visitor and user of the parking areas, in particular if (a) the right to use the parking area for the match or the event has expired; (b) a parked car represents a danger as a result of a leaking fuel tank/carburettor or other defects; (c) a parked car is not authorised by the police or is withdrawn from circulation by the authorities during the term of the agreement; (d) the car is parked in an unauthorised area, in particular in areas of traffic or incorrect parking areas.
  7. The visitor and user of the parking area is liable for any damages culpably caused to the event organiser or third parties by himself/herself or his/her passengers. This includes the culpably caused contamination of the car park by acting in a manner that extends beyond the scope of permitted public use. In particular, this also includes the storage of waste.
  8. However, the event organiser shall not be liable for any damages that have been caused by other visitors or other third parties. In particular, this applies for damages to property, the theft of valuable items from one’s car (e.g. car radio, telephone, personal valuable items, computer, photography equipment, sports equipment or similar) or items attached on or to one’s car, provided that the event organiser is in no way at fault within the meaning of § 10 of these Stadium Rules, which shall also apply.

§ 5 Entrance inspection

  1. When entering the stadium and/or its facilities, each visitor is obliged to voluntarily present his/her ticket or authorisation pass to the inspection or security services and to hand it over for inspection upon request.
  2. The inspection and security services as well as the police are entitled to conduct checks on persons – sometimes involving the use of technical aids – to determine whether they are committing a breach of the prohibitions listed in § 7 of these Stadium Rules and/or whether they represent a security risk due to alcohol or drug consumption or the possession of weapons or dangerous and/or inflammable items. In particular, the examination focuses on upper and lower body clothing, footwear and any other items (e.g. bags) in a person’s possession.
  3. Persons who are not able to prove their right of access, commit breaches of the prohibitions listed in § 7 of these Stadium Rules and/or represent a security risk may be expelled from the premises and/or refused entry to the stadium. The same applies to persons who are the subject of a stadium ban within the Federal Republic of Germany imposed by Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA and/or BVB Stadion GmbH and/or the DFB and/or the DFL and/or a club in the DFL and/or UEFA and/or FIFA. In the latter case, the event organiser is under obligation to report the offence to the authorities. Visitors expelled from or refused entry to the stadium are not entitled to claim the reimbursement of their ticket price.

§ 6 Behaviour in the stadium

  1. Within the confines of the stadium, each visitor must behave in a manner that does not injure, endanger or – to a greater extent than is avoidable in the circumstances – impede or inconvenience others.
  2. The visitors must comply with all instructions issued by the police, the fire brigade, the inspection, security and emergency services, the event leader, the security representatives and the stadium announcer.
  3. All entrances and exits, rescue and escape routes as well as emergency exits or gates must remain accessible and must not be obstructed or have their function changed in any way; emergency exits or gates may only be opened in an emergency.
  4. Without prejudice to these Stadium Rules, the persons listed in Para. (2) may issue necessary instructions, which must also be followed, on an individual basis in order to prevent dangers to life, health or property.
  5. Video footage and photographs taken by visitors on matchdays are only permitted for private purposes and exclusively with devices whose features and size are clearly intended for private use only. Any other use of these recordings or the circulation of the recordings outside of the private sphere to third parties or their publication in the media, in particular within the scope of a resale/transfer of tickets (e.g. on Internet platforms) requires the prior express consent of BVB Stadion GmbH and/or Borussia Dortmund GmbH und Co. KGaA.

§ 6a Special provisions for the exercise of the householder’s rights

  1. Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA and BVB Stadion GmbH take a firm stance against any racist, violent, anti-Semitic, nationalist and xenophobic behaviour as well as any type of extreme right and/or left wing tendencies, with the latter particularly referring to political agitation and expressions of political opinion. The event organiser thus reserves the right to exercise its householder’s rights and to deal with persons

         (a)  who belong to extreme left and/or right wing parties, associations or organisations and/or

         (b)  who are clearly participants in the extreme left and/or right wing scene and/or

         (c)  who have already previously come to our attention for making a statement considered to be racist, nationalist, anti-Semitic, discriminatory, violent, defamatory or inhuman in some other way

          by refusing them entry to the event, expelling them from the event and/or – even prior to the event – imposing a local stadium ban; § 8 Para. 7 applies accordingly.

§ 7 Banned items

  1. All visitors to the stadium are prohibited from bringing in or using any of the following items:
  • Items and/or media considered to be racist, xenophobic, violent, discriminatory or associated with the extreme right and/or left wing, even if the provisions of criminal law do not apply; in particular, this shall apply for clothing (e.g. items displaying lettering and/or symbols such as Thor Steinar, Consdaple, Borussenfront etc.);
  • Weapons of any type as well as all items that can be used to strike, push or stab;
  • Items that could potentially be used as weapons or projectiles;
  • Aerosol spray cans, corrosive, flammable or staining substances or other containers with substances that pose a health risk;
  • 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, boxes, prams, walking frames (access for wheelchair users is only possible and provided for in blocks 3 and 6);
  • Flares, sparklers, fireworks/firecrackers, star shells, smoke powder, smoke bombs, smoke containers, smoke flares and/or other pyrotechnic items including any corresponding firing mechanisms;
  • Flag or sign poles which are larger than 1.50 metres in length or thicker than 3 cm in diameter;
  • Mechanically and/or electrically operated noise instruments;
  • Drinks of any type, drugs;
  • Animals;
  • Laser pointers;
  • Suitcases, large bags and rucksacks;
  • Photography equipment and cameras, video cameras or other sound or image recording devices for the purposes of commercial use or publication as well as accessories (e.g. photography equipment cases, tripods and in particular telephoto or interchangeable lenses) without the consent of the event organiser within the meaning of § 6 Para. 5 of the Stadium Rules;
  • Objects which can be used and/or are intended to prevent the verification of one’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).

    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 Breaches

  1. Without prejudice to the further rights of BVB Stadion GmbH or Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA, persons found to have committed a breach of the provisions of the Stadium Rules may be refused entry to the stadium and/or may be expelled from the stadium without compensation. The same applies for persons who are visibly under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  2. Without prejudice to the further rights of Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA and/or BVB Stadion GmbH, a stadium ban may be imposed without compensation on persons whose behaviour within the confines of or outside the stadium in connection with an event impedes or endangers the security and order of the event. In accordance with the principle of proportionality, this stadium ban may be restricted to the stadium or may be imposed on a nationwide level. The DFB guidelines for the Improvement of Security at German Football Matches and the DFB Security Committee guidelines for the Uniform Application of Stadium Bans shall apply in their respective current version.
  3. In the event that culpable breaches of § 6 Para 1 and 5, § 6a and § 7 of the Stadium Rules occur, the offender is obliged to pay Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA and/or BVB Stadion GmbH a contractual penalty left to the discretion of Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA and/or BVB Stadion GmbH which is determined and set in accordance with the principles of proportionality. In this case, the offender is entitled to have the amount of the contractual penalty subjected to an examination by the local and competent court responsible for the registered offices of Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA and/or BVB Stadion GmbH. In the event that a breach occurs, the visitor is obliged in particular to pay a contractual penalty to the event organiser in 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. The event organiser, in particular the security services, is instructed and entitled to remove spectators found to have committed a breach of § 7 Para. 6 of these Stadium Rules from the designated area or to expel them from the stadium; in this process the visitor may – provided that doing so is possible at a non-sold-out event on an individual basis – also be assigned another, more suitable place in the stadium as a milder measure.

    5. If there is reason to suspect that a criminal offence or a misdemeanour has been committed, this may be reported.

    6. Prohibited items and/or objects brought into the confines of the stadium shall be locked away and – provided that they are not required for a criminal investigation – given back to the visitor in exchange for payment of the costs incurred by storing or returning them once the requirements for their safekeeping no longer apply or destroyed at the cost of the visitor at the latest four weeks after the respective event has occurred. The event organiser shall not be liable for the loss of or the damage to stored items.

    7. Measures in accordance with § 6a as well as § 8 Para. (1) to (6) exclude claims (e.g. reimbursement of ticket price) against Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA, BVB Stadion GmbH and/or the respective event organiser.

    8. In the event that claims for compensation are made against or fines imposed upon Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA and/or BVB Stadion GmbH by associations, in particular such as FIFA, UEFA, DFB or DFL, following breaches of these Stadium Rules by visitors, the responsible visitor is liable to recourse.

§ 9 Householder’s rights / Supervision / Lost property

  1. In principal, the householder’s rights and supervisory law are exercised by Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA, BVB Stadion GmbH and their employees and vicarious agents; at events they are also exercised by the police, inspection and security services as well as any event organisers authorised by Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA and/or BVB Stadion GmbH.
  2. During football events held by Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KgaA, any valuables found may be handed in at Lost Property Office North, Level 1 (Fundbüro Nord, Ebene 1 - office of the security services). Lost property shall be kept for a maximum of six months after it has been handed in; in addition, the legal provisions shall apply.

§ 10 Liability

  1. Entrance to and use of the stadium and/or its facilities takes place at the user’s own risk. Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA and/or BVB Stadion GmbH shall only be liable for damages resulting from injury to life, body and health or in mandatory cases provided for by law.
  2. Furthermore, any liability for direct or indirect damages is excluded unless Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA, BVB Stadion GmbH and/or their employees and vicarious agents are guilty of deliberate misconduct or gross negligence. However, Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA and/or BVB Stadion GmbH shall not be liable from any legal perspective for damages to persons and/or property caused by third parties.
  3. Accidents and/or damages must be immediately reported to Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA and/or BVB Stadion GmbH.

§ 11 Final provisions

  1. In addition to the provisions of these Stadium Rules, the other provisions of the organiser (e.g. the GTTC and/or the “Season Ticket” GTC), the relevant provisions of the national and/or international associations (e.g. DFB, DFL, UEFA and/or FIFA) shall apply, supplemented by German law without regard to conflict of law provisions (IPR) and UN sales law (CISG).
  2. Should a provision of these Stadium Rules be or become invalid either in whole or in part, this shall not affect the validity of the other provisions. An ineffective provision or an ineffective part of such a provision is to be replaced by one that is effective and most closely approximates the commercial purpose of the provision to be replaced. The same applies to the filling of any loopholes.

Version: January 2013

Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA

BVB Stadion GmbH 

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