Heja BVB!

On Wednesday, the 17th of October the CompEng newcomers 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.

 

Before we started our tour, we visited the BVB shop called Fan Welt (Fan World) next to the stadium. Here, two CompEng students competed with two boys in the pitch cage that is upstairs in the shop. This quick game showed perfectly how football can forge bonds between people regardless the language they speak or the country they call their home. Besides, some of the student had a typical match day meal at a snack booth nearby: Currywurst.

The guided tour started under the stands in the catacombs of the stadium. Here we saw the small stadium prison with only two cells, one for the home team and one for the guest team. If the emotions boil up during a match, the responsible fans are brought here to calm down. We crossed the BORUSSEUM - das Borussia-Dortmund-Museum – and saw an introductory film about the history of Borussia Dortmund and the Westfalenstadion. Apart from the rather low-priced standing area, which is preferred by the real fans, and the regular seating area, we also got the chance to have a look at the best seating lounges. Here our CompEngs took their chance to take a selfie with a great view. The tour led to the mixed room, where both teams meet before and after the match, and where the press area is located. We were allowed to see the locker room of the BVB and sit on the benches where the team gets ready before a game. The tour continued and we went through the players’ tunnel just like the football players and got an impression of what it feels like to play on the field. Cheer and football chants coming from speakers made for a great atmosphere. 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 Marco Reus or Paco Alcácer. One of the highlights was the famous south stand, which has the largest standing room in Europe, the YELLOW WALL. There, 35 students tried to recreate the atmosphere of 25.000 people during every home match.

 

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

A special shout out to the FSVK, who helped to realize this event with their financial support.

 

 

Christina Rauch, Student Assistant