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Stadium Rules

In its capacity as the legal title holder, owner and user, and the pursuant property and organisation rights to the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK, Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA, Rheinlanddamm 207-209, 44137 Dortmund, has passed the following

SIGNAL IDUNA PARK

Stadium Regulations

§ 1 Scope of Regulations

  1. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

  3. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The regulations and/or agreements of Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA shall apply to entry to the Stadium on days without events.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

§ 4 Use of the parking areas

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

  1. 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.
  2. Each visitor shall follow any instructions given by the police, fire services, security and rescue services, event management, safety officer or stadium speaker.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Video recordings and photographs 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

  1. 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, antisemitic, 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 Prohibitions

Visitors to the Stadium shall not be permitted to possess or use the following objects:

  1. All visitors to the stadium are prohibited from bringing in or using any of the following items:

    a) 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, White Rex etc.);

    b)     Weapons of any type, as well as any objects that may be used to stab, beat or otherwise injure others;

    c)     Objects that may be used as weapons or projectiles;

    d)     Gas spray cans, corrosives, flammables, or dyes, or containers of substances that impair health;

    e)     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;

    f)     Bulky items such as ladders, stools, chairs, crates, prams, walking frames; wheelchairs are allowed only in section 3 and 6;

    g)     Torches, flares, sparklers, fireworks, smoke powder, smoke bombs, smoke pots, smoke torches or other pyrotechnical objects, including the corresponding launching equipment;

    h)     Flag or banner poles more than two metre in length or three centimetres in thickness;

    i)      Mechanical or electrical instruments operated to create loud noise;

    j)     Drinks and food of any type, narcotics;

    k)     Animals;

    l)     Laser pointers;

    m)   Suitcases, large bags or rucksacks, bigger than 297mm x 210mm x 150mm;

    n)   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.;

    • o)  Objects suitable and/or intended for concealing the visitor’s identity.

    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 mechanisms; lightning 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 cleaning 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 seen as an infringement of the prohibitions above if a visitor instigates, accessories or supports to infringements of another visitor.

 4. It is also prohibited to gather in the stadium and/or the stadium facilities, in order to collaboratively disturb public live or with intention to disturb the implementation of the event.

 5. Commercial activities, selling or distributing newspapers, magazines, printed materials, advertising materials or similar, or collecting or storing objects within the Stadium without the express written permission of Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA or the event organiser concerned.

 6. The entry with fan- clothing of the visiting supporters is not permitted in the entire south stand (S/W, South, S/E) of the stadium. It is also not permitted to enter the visiting supporter’s area (North, N/E) with BVB- fan- clothing. The security staff is authorized to remove visitors who infringe these prohibitions out of the areas or the stadium; If possible it should be found another suitable place (not possible with sold-out-events).

§ 8 Violation

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 in case of an infringement against §7 Abs. 2 lit. g) and h);
  • right up to € 500,00 in case of an infringement against §7 Abs. 2 lit. a) to d), f), j) and k)
  • right up to € 1.500,00 in case of an infringement against §6 Abs. 5 and §7 Abs. 2 lit. e) of this Stadium Regulations.

The claim of further damages, injunctive relief or any other contractual charges 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     
        of 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Any accidents and or damage shall be reported to Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA immediately.

§ 11 Final Provisions

  1. 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.
  2. 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 August 2017
Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA