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02/04/1974

Westfalen stadium opened in Dortmund

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Today saw the opening of what is surely Germany’s most beautiful football stadium with the occasion being marked with a friendly match between BVB and Schalke 04 (0-3) to raise funds for the impoverished BVB. Town mayor Guenter Samtlebe and BVB president did the honours in front of a capacity 54,000 crowd. The stadium has been built with the 1974 World Cup in mind. Following that it will be home to the current regional league side Borussia Dortmund.  The stadium has cost 32 million marks to build with the council having contributed just six million, the rest of the funding coming from lottery, the FA and principally from the regional government of North-Rhine Westphalia. The project has attracted a lot of criticism with many raising doubts about the whether such money could not be better spent elsewhere. Dortmund has been given games between Scotland and Zaire, Bulgaria and Holland, Holland versus Sweden as well as a semi-final (which turned out to be Brazil v Holland).

The first goal in the new stadium was scored by a young lady by the name of Margarethe Schaeferhoff at 18:18 in a game between TBV Mengede and VfB Waltrop. Officially, by the way, today’s opening game was unofficial because the German FA (DFB) will officially open the stadium by staging an international between Germany and Hungary there in two weeks’ time.