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Borussia Dortmund away section: Guide for Newcastle fans

Newcastle United's wonderful European journey continues as the Toon Army prepare to visit Dortmund and experience the crackling atmosphere of the Westfalenstadion.

What can travelling Geordies expect in the Borussia Dortmund away section, what kind of a city is Dortmund, where are the best bars, what food should they try and what is the view like?

All that and more in our regularly updated, fan-led guide here…

What is Dortmund like for away fans?

More industrial than some of Germany's ‘prettier' cities, Dortmund isn't perfect. There are some less pleasant areas, as with many English cities. But it is ever-improving, has great food and drink and an obvious thriving football culture. There'll be less to see than in Munich or Berlin, but plenty of places to enjoy yourself.

Where to drink for Newcastle fans in Dortmund?

Germany is famous for its beer, so this is a match made in heaven and we fully expect Newcastle fans to enjoy their time in Dortmund.

The Westfalenstadion is located fairly centrally in relation to Dortmund's city centre.

Right next to the ground, Strobels Dortmund has a fantastic menu of food and drink, including pretzels and currywurst, but is mainly for home fans. But if you're not in colours, you should be welcome enough. Gaststätte und Biergarten im Stadion Rote Erde is another good option, perhaps if you're doing a stadium tour on another day. Other recommendations nearby include Steakhouse Rodizio, just by Theodor-Fliedner-Heim tram station.

Crucially, you can get beer in the stands, so no need to worry about the perfect pre-match spot. Get in early, soak up the atmosphere and make some noise.

Where to watch football in Dortmund?

Brauhaus Wenkers shows the football on several screens and has a good selection of beer.

What will the Borussia Dortmund away section be like for Newcastle fans?

Westfalenstadion (known as Signal Iduna Park for sponsorship reasons) is Germany's largest stadium and Borussia Dortmund boast the highest average attendance of any European club.

Add in the famous Yellow Wall – the stadium's South Bank terrace which holds 24,454 standing supporters – and the atmosphere is an intense one, renowned across the world. It is the reason that a trip to Borussia Dortmund is on many a football fan's bucket list.

Borussia Dortmund Yellow Wall
The famous Yellow Wall | Photo by Joachim Bywaletz/DeFodi Images/Icon Sport

Travelling supporters at Borussia Dortmund will be positioned opposite the Yellow Wall in the Westfalenstadion's North side. Here, there's a small area for away fans who prefer to stand and a larger area for seated supporters.

The West side of Signal Iduna Park holds the higher-paying spectators and the East side has more affordable seating along the length of the pitch.

How many Newcastle fans are going to Dortmund?

Around 3,000. Read more here.

Borussia Dortmund away section view

Expect a good one. You'll be in the Nord Tribune, opposite the Yellow Wall, but you won't be tucked in the corner. That's unlike most stadiums. Instead, you'll be fairly central, just on the right side. The Borussia Dortmund away sections are 08, 60, 61, 70, 71 and 75, split across two tiers of the North Stand.

Borussia Dortmund away section view
Photo: Bernd Thissen/dpa/Icon Sport

How Newcastle fans can get to Westfalenstadion

Westfalenstadion is in Dortmund's Innenstadt-West district. It's within the city centre area, around 4km from Dortmund Central Station.

Metro to Borussia Dortmund

Take either the U45 or U46 on the U-Bahen and get off at the Westfalenhallen stop. It's a five-minute walk to the Westfalenstadion from here, and you won't need directions because it'll be staring you in the face.

Bus to Signal Iduna Park

Take the 450 bus and it'll drop you often the Westfalenhallen U-Bahn station.

Train

Travelling by train may be the easiest way to get to the stadium for Newcastle fans in Dortmund, with trains running every 15 minutes, you can jump on one and get off at the Signal Iduna Park Train station, which as you can guess, leaves you right beside the stadium.

The cost? Only a couple of euros depending on where you get on.

Bike to Westfalenstadion

The ground is only a 10-20 minute cycle from Dortmund city centre, so feel free to do that, too!

Borussia Dortmund stadium tour: How to visit Signal Iduna Park

Whether you've managed to get a ticket for the away section or not, when visiting a footballing city and stadium as historic as Dortmund and Westfalenstadion, it might be worth doing a stadium tour.

Borussia Dortmund stadium tours include a guide and an audio player to talk you through your walk around the stadium. It takes around two hours, giving you plenty of time to wander through the various areas.

On the tour, you'll be able to stand on the Yellow Wall, sit on the substitute bench, in the home dressing room and the media centre. Tours are not available on matchdays but operate almost every other day between 10am and 6pm, with final admission half-an-hour before close.

The Dortmund stadium tour costs between €9 and 11, or €6 for children. It's one of the cheapest stadium tours for a big European club, much like the matchday tickets at Dortmund.

Borussia Dortmund away section | Westfalenstadion and Signal Iduna Park
Photo by Alex Gottschalk/DeFodi Images/Icon Sport

Westfalenstadion tickets: How to watch a Dortmund game

Borussia Dortmund ticket prices are amongst the cheapest for elite European clubs.

Newcastle fans will be allocated both standing and seated tickets. Standing tickets are priced from £16.50, while you will have to pay a little extra for a seated ticket which is priced between £32 to £47.50, depending on where your seats are.

The Toon Army's allocation includes both standing and seated tickets, with the former priced at £16.50 and the latter at £32, £37 and £47.50.

Your Borussia Dortmund tickets will have three directions on them. ‘Block', meaning the section where you should enter the stadium from. ‘Reihe' shows you your row and ‘platz' your seat.

How to get Borussia Dortmund vs Newcastle tickets

Newcastle fans will have already had their tickets emailed to them. These are non-transferable tickets, so it is advised not to try to sell them or to buy a ticket from another fan.


Harry Robinson

A freelance writer and broadcaster, Harry has worked for or featured in/on Manchester United, FourFourTwo, The Independent, The Manchester Mill, UEFA, United We Stand and many others. He's the author of The Men Who Made Manchester United and hosts the Manchester United Weekly Podcast and United Through Time. A Stretford End season ticket holder, Harry travels around Europe to watch his team.

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