With over 600,000 inhabitants, Dortmund is the third largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia and the urban center of the Ruhr area (“Ruhrgebiet”). The former production site for coal and steel is nowadays a national hub for education, culture and innovation. It is not without reason that Dortmund is the first German City to be honoured by the European Commission as European Capital of Innovation with the iCapital Award 2021. People from Dortmund love football, whether on the small football pitch next door or at “BVB Stadion Dortmund”, one of the most famous football stadiums in Europe and the home of Borussia Dortmund. On match day the whole city wears black and yellow, the BVB colours. Dortmund has a hands-on supportive community that knows, trusts and helps each other. Dortmund is also an international city, with people from over 180 nations. Football is the unifying element and an important mark of identification for the residents. This is one of the reasons why the German Football Association (DFB) has awarded Dortmund a unique football experience with the German Football Museum (Deutsches Fußballmuseum).
The “BVB Stadium Dortmund” has the largest capacity of all stadiums in Germany. The stadium contains a total of 81,365 places, 52,692 of them seated and 28,673 standing. For international fixtures, 66,099 seats are available. The south stand, with space for 24,454 fans, is the largest standalone standing terrace in Europe. It is 100 metres wide and 40 metres high. At Borussia Dortmund home matches, it is transformed into the legendary “Yellow Wall”.