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Host city focus: Dortmund EURO 2024 fixtures, stadium and more

Our host city focus shines the spotlight on Dortmund ahead of EURO 2024.

Dortmund's stadium, the Signal Iduna Park, is one of the best and most famous stadiums in the world.

However, if you are not familiar with the ground, this article will take a deep dive into everything you need to know and ensure you have all the knowledge of the stadium before the tournament kicks off.

Dortmund Euro 2024: What to expect

Dortmund Euro 2024
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Key Dortmund Euro 2024 stadium facts

  • Location: Dortmund, Germany
  • Year Opened: 1974
  • Capacity: 81,365 (66,099 for International matches)

This stadium is no stranger to hosting big international matches having hosted four matches at the 1974 FIFA World Cup. Signal Iduna Park also hosted six games at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, two of them involving Germany.

A Brief History of the Signal Iduna Park

The Signal Iduna Park was built in the early 1970s before officially opening just in time for the 1974 FIFA World Cup.

Borussia Dortmund were relegated to 2. Bundesliga in 1972 meaning Dortmund were the only member of 2. Bundesliga to be a host stadium for the 1974 FIFA World Cup.

In 1976, the Signal Iduna Park hosted a Bundesliga match for the first time.

Despite being built to hold 54,000 spectators, in 1992, the capacity was reduced to 42,800 due to the stadium's rows in the North stand, lower east and lower west stands being converted into seated areas.

In 1995, the stadium was expanded back to the original 54,000 with seats added to three different sections.

At the turn of the millennium, the stadium needed to be expanded to meet FIFA regulations for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Four new stands were built to fill the corners between the existing grandstands, raising the capacity for international matches from 52,000 to 67,000.

How many games will Dortmund host at Euro 2024?

The stadium will host a total of six matches at the tournament across a variety of different stages including the final. Those fixtures are as follows (all times are local):

Group Stage

  • Italy vs Albania – 15th June – 9 pm
  • Turkey vs Georgia – 18th June – 6 pm
  • Turkey vs Portugal – 22nd June – 6 pm
  • France vs Poland – 25th June – 6 pm

Round of 16

  • Group A winner vs Group C runner-up – 29th June – 9 pm

Semi-final

  • Match 47 winner vs Match 48 winner – 10th July – 9 pm

 Rules at the Signal Iduna Park for Euro 2024

UEFA states that even if you are a regular visitor to the ground it could operate differently than usual. There are several stadium rules for the site outlined by the organisation ahead of the tournament, which are as follows:

  • No bags greater than the size of A4 will be permitted within the premises
  • Only power banks no larger than your phone will be allowed inside the ground
  • A valid form of ID upon entry is mandatory
  • No professional cameras or cane umbrellas (regular collapsable umbrellas will be permitted)
  • All stadiums are no smoking zones and smoking of any kind including the use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes is strictly not allowed

Matchday travel for Dortmund Euro 2024

Sustainability is a massive goal of UEFA's at this tournament, and as such, all fans travelling in Germany on, or indeed before matchday, have been urged to opt for public transport over other methods such as driving. Please note there will be no parking available around the stadium on matchdays.

Thankfully, any supporters with a ticket for a match taking place at the Signal Iduna Park are granted a 36-hour travel pass at no additional cost for the entire VRR (Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr) network. The pass is activated from 6 am on matchday until 6 pm the following day.

Public transport in England is notoriously unreliable, but in Germany, it is the complete opposite. An influx of fans during Euro 2024 could potentially affect its reliability, but a rough guideline for some key journey travel times within Berlin are as follows:

  • Airport to the stadium  – 45 minutes by public transport
  • Airport to central station – 30 minutes by public transport
  • Central station to Fan Zone – 10-minute walk
  • Central station to the stadium – 10 minutes by public transport or 30 minutes if you are walking

Disabled facilities at Signal Iduna Park

Several measures are taken by the Signal Iduna Park stadium to make life easier for disabled fans to visit the Signal Iduna Park. For starters, there is a healthy availability of 150 allocated parking spaces.

There is also a special entrance to the stadium. To gain access, fans must make sure that they have all the necessary documents to prove their disability.

Audio Descriptive Commentary will be available at all EURO 2024 matches, including all matches to be played at the Signal Iduna Park. The exact details of which will be released closer to the tournament.

Finally, there is also a wheelchair loan service in place at the stadium and several accessibility-dedicated volunteers can assist your needs on the day.

We hope everyone visiting Signal Iduna Park has a memorable and pleasant experience during their time in Germany.


Callum Jones-Bowman

Callum is fairly new to writing having been a football scout since 2019 but since having a baby with his wife in late 2022, he has chosen this new career path to ensure he can be a hands on father while still being involved in his biggest passion - football.

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