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While most of the students at RUB are on semester break, 12 students from VGU are guests in Bochum for a summer school hosted by CompEng with generous support from DAAD. They were welcomed during a joint breakfast with professors, teachers and the CompEng coordination team on 5 August. Since then they have been under a tight schedule with block courses every weekday.

Last Tuesday, right after their first exam, it was time for some recreation and amusement. Together with part of the CompEng coordination team the VGU students visited the WESTFALENSTADION in Dortmund. With a capacity of 81.359 people it is Germany's largest stadium and the third largest in Europe. After arriving in Dortmund the first stop was the new BVB shop called Fan Welt (Fan World) just besides the stadium. The guided tour started in BORUSSEUM - das Borussia-Dortmund-Museum - with an introductory film about the history of Borussia Dortmund and the Westfalenstadion. After our tour guide, Lisa Steinkamp, who is also a student at RUB in the field of social science and works besides her studies at BORRUSEUM, showed us every corner of the stadium. We climbed up on the famous south stand which has the largest standing room in Europe and tried to recreate the atmosphere of the YELLOW WALL, how the fans call their stands, went down to the catacombs of the stadium where the mixed room, press area and locker rooms are located, and afterwards everyone went through the players tunnel like the football players and got an impression of what it feels like to stand on the field. Unfortunately, no one was allowed to walk on the grass. Instead everyone took a seat on the coaching bench in order to feel like their favourite football players Marco Reus or Shinji Kagawa. Besides the cheap standing area, which is preferred by the real fans, and the regular seating, we also got the chance to have a look at one of the VIP lounges. In contrast to 16€, which is the price for the cheapest area, the ticket for a place in a VIP lounge cost almost 300€. One of the highlights for the students was the small prison, which is also located in the catacombs of the stadium. There are two cells, one for the home team and one for the guests, but both are only for men. The students had a lot of fun taking photos of them pretending they were kept as prisoners.

The tour ended with a typical match day meal. One of the stadium kiosks opened only for the tour and served currywurst, cold beer and soft drinks, exactly what German football fans have while supporting their local team. Thanks to the impressive stadium and our nice tour guide Lisa, the BVB should have some new international fans now.    


Sarah Jordan, CompEng Tutor