The capacity of Signal Iduna Park was 83,000 after the stadium's third and final expansion stage was completed, but reconstruction measures in the run-up to the 2006 World Cup saw the capacity decrease with 80,667 the maximum last season. Now that number is to exceed the threshold of 81,000 once again - reaching 81,359 to be precise.

The reason for this expansion is the conversion of Block 63 in the lower tier of the North Stand from a seating into a standing area, a measure taken with a view to giving young fans a pure footballing experience.

Borussia Dortmund's average attendance of 80,424 in the 2014/15 season was the highest across Europe, with the Black and Yellows boasting bigger crowds than Barcelona (77,632), Manchester United (75,335), Real Madrid (73,081) and Bayern Munich (72,882).

Furthermore, only 93 of 55,000 season ticket holders cancelled their subscriptions. (br)