RUB Bauwesen CompEng


Last Tuesday, right after one of the first lectures, it was time for some cultural history. Together with some members of the CompEng coordination team the new CompEng students visited the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, better known as WESTFALENSTADION, home of the football club Borussia Dortmund. With a capacity of 81.360 people it is Germany's largest stadium and the third largest in Europe.

However, before entering the stadium the motto was Currywurst & Pommes instead of mensa. The first stop in Dortmund was a snack booth just in front of the stadium where almost everyone had a typical match day meal. Following this hearty meal, the tour started under the stands in the catacombs of the stadium, where not only the most expensive VIP lounges are located but also the small stadium prison with only two cells, one for the home team and one for the guests, but both only for men.

The tour led to the mixed room, where both teams meet before and after the match, and where the press area is located. Together the group went the locker room of the BVB, and afterwards everyone went through the players’ tunnel just like the football players and got an impression of what it feels like to play on the field. Unfortunately, no one was allowed to walk on the pitch. Instead, everyone took a seat on the coaching bench in order to feel like his or her favourite football players such like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Marco Reus. One highlight was definitely the famous south stand, which has the largest standing room in Europe. There, 35 students tried to recreate the atmosphere of 25.000 people building the YELLOW WALL, how the fans call their stands, at every home match.

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, officially called business areas. In contrast to 16€, which is the price for the cheapest area, the ticket for a place in a VIP lounge costs almost 300€.

Thanks to the impressive stadium and our nice tour guides, the BVB should have some new international fans now.