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England fans in Dortmund: Full Matchday guide to Signal Iduna Park

Despite Gareth Southgate being the subject of heavy criticism throughout Euro 2024, the Three Lions have reached the semi-final stage of the tournament. A penalty shootout victory over a spirited Switzerland side has now set up a mouth-watering tie with the Dutch.

So, to you England fans in Dortmund and to those planning on making the journey ahead of the game, here is your full matchday guide to the venue, Borussia Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park.

England fans in Dortmund
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England fans paying extortionate prices

Several media outlets have reported that due to incredibly high demand for England Euro 2024 semi-final tickets, some resell websites have been seen setting asking prices of £16,000. Surely, even the most dedicated Three Lions supporters cannot justify such a steep outlay.

Jude Bellingham returns to Dortmund in the Euro 2024 semi-final clash with the Netherlands

Jude Bellingham's return to Signal Iduna Park for the Euro 2024 semi-final clash with the Netherlands begs an important question as much as it is nostalgic.

Will the Germans side with England, especially with star boy Bellingham expected to grace Signal Iduna Park a year later since he departed for Real Madrid?

Before the Euro 2024, Bellingham clashed with his former side in the  2024 UEFA Champions League finals on 1st June, providing an assist in a crucial win for the Los Blancos. This time, it is all about his country.

And for a player who represented Dortmund well, from where he rose to global football prominence, Bellingham expects a warm reception at Iduna Park on 10 July 2024.

The England midfielder is expected to net his first against a difficult Dutch opposition. After all, he has risen to the occasion when it matters most, scoring a decisive goal against Slovakia in the round of 16 and the Euro 2024 opener against Serbia.

It should be easier for Bellingham at Signal Iduna on 10 July 2024, a place he once called home while plying his trade in the Bundesliga.

Southgate hopes for more consistency ahead of semi-finals clash with Netherlands

As Southgate rallies England fans to support the Three Lions in Dortmund when they face Ronald Koeman's side in the Euro 2024 semi-finals, he is also wary of a Dutch side replete with highly-ranked strikers and a fluid midfield.

It will not be a usual day for England fans in Dortmund but the team's consistency since the 2018 FIFA World Cup is something Southgate is banking on to create a moment of magic for thousands of supporters who will be at Signal Iduna Park and those back at home.

How many England fans are going to Dortmund?

England fans in Dortmund
England fans in Dortmund – Photo by Icon Sport

Of course, putting an exact figure to the number of England supporters that will be in Dortmund come kick-off on Wednesday, July 10, is virtually impossible. ‘

However, what we do know for certain is that so far, hundreds of thousands of Three Lions fans have travelled to Germany for Euro 2024, and a significant number of them will be in the city for the semi-final.

A ticket allocation of a reported 8,000 has been handed to the English FA for the fixture, but expect there to be far more England fans in Dortmund than that.

Based on reports by various UK media, at least 40,000 England fans have landed in Dortmund ahead of the anticipated semi-final clash with the Netherlands.

While H2H stats between the two coaches currently show a win apiece from recent meetings, England look to end a worrying run against the Dutch side. Therefore, massive support from England fans inside and outside Signal Iduna Park on 10 July will be crucial to Southgate's chances of reaching a historic European Champion semi-final.

In the last eight duels, England lost four times to the Dutch side, bagging two draws and securing as many wins as possible. England are the bookie's favourite heading to this clash as they have a higher win probability based on match odds.

Spain had their day against France in the semi-finals, thumping a star-studded French side 2-1 in the first-half and went on to win the game with the same margin.

If England goes through to the finals, they will face a difficult Spanish outfit, a team that has had a near-perfect run in the 2024 European Champion, decisively winning most of their games in regular time.

Where will England fans sit in Signal Iduna Park?

England fans in Dortmund
A past photo of England fans in Dortmund, inside Signal Iduna Park. Photo by Icon Sport

The vast majority of supporters who attend matches at Euro 2024 will do so via a ‘fans first' ticket. These are the most affordable way of attending the game, and as such, the vast majority of England fans on the ground will have one.

Like most stadiums in the tournament, the ‘fans first' sections at Signal Iduna Park are located behind either goal, so expect to see a sea of orange at one end, and the Three Lions' white and red decorating the other.

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Borussia Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park is one of the most iconic stadiums in world football and a favourite of many supporters globally.

The city of Dortmund is another positive, providing an array of bars and pubs that should help cultivate an excellent atmosphere from both fanbases before, during and after the game.

Where to eat & drink for England fans in Dortmund

Many a Champions League night has been hosted in Dortmund and as such, the city is well-prepared to accommodate hundreds of thousands of supporters during the semi-final stage of the tournament.

The various Euro 2024 fan zones in the area are the obvious choices, but here are some other excellent establishments if you fancy something a little bit different from the masses:

  • Pfefferkorn Steakhouse – Hafenpromenade 1-2, 44263 Dortmund, Germany
  • Miner's Irish Pub – Miner‘s Irish Pub, Neuer Graben 74, 44139 Dortmund, Germany
  • Ganse Markt – Schuhhof 8, 44137 Dortmund, Germany

Fan zones for England fans in Dortmund

Much like the majority of the other venues at Euro 2024, there are two fan zones located within the city of Dortmund to accommodate those supporters who were not fortunate enough to get their hands on match tickets.

The first of the two is Friedensplatz – a family-friendly facility that has live music, drink, food, gaming and a screening of every single match from the tournament.

However, if you would like something a little livelier then head to the fan zone situated in Westfalenpark. This will have a better atmosphere, and only screens matches that are played in Dortmund, Germany matches before they were eliminated or the final itself.

How to get to Signal Iduna Park: Guide for England fans in Dortmund

From the centre of Dortmund, you have two main options when travelling to the ground. The first is walking, the idea of which likely repulses many of us, but given the distance between the two locations is just 1.7 miles, there may be some of you who fancy taking on the 40-minute walk.

If that isn't for you, then don't worry. A short 11-minute train ride from Dortmund HBF to Signal Iduna Park Statton, followed by a 5-minute walk to the stadium, should see that journey time cut to approximately 16 minutes.