Dortmund Stadium Building, Borussia Dortmund FC, German Football Club, Date, Location, Sport
Dortmund Stadium, Germany : Westfalenstadion
Westfalenstadion, NRW: Arena Development in North Rhine-Westphalia, northwest Germany
page updated 24 Aug 2016
Bundesliga’s opera house
1974; redevelopment 2001-03
Football Club: Borussia Dortmund
Capacity: 67,000 approx.
Key feature: 8 yellow pylons
World Cup 2006 Stadium
In 1971, Dortmund was selected to replace the city of Cologne, which was forced to withdraw its plans to host games in the 1974 FIFA World Cup. The funds originally set aside for the projected stadium in Cologne were thus re-allocated to Dortmund. However, architects and planners had to keep an eye on the costs due to a tight budget. This meant that plans for a 60 million DM oval stadium featuring the traditional athletic facilities and holding 60,000 spectators had to be discarded. Instead, plans for a much cheaper 54,000 spectator football arena, built of pre-fabricated concrete sections, became a reality. Ultimately, the costs amounted to 32.7 million DM, of which 1.6 million DM were invested in the refurbishment of the Stadion Rote Erde.
photo © Adrian Welch
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