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Newcastle fans in Dortmund: Matchday guide to Signal Iduna Park

Newcastle United fans will be looking forward to their second European trip this season when they travel to play German giants Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday 7 November.

The Toon Army, who travelled in huge numbers for their first away game against Italian side AC Milan, drew 0-0 at the San Siro and will be hoping their team can go one better and get a win against Dortmund.

Of course, the two sides face each other at St James' Park beforehand, so they will be a little more familiar with the opposition by then.

The Signal Iduna Park is the biggest stadium in Europe which means there will be thousands of them descending into Dortmund on matchday. For those lucky enough to be able to travel to Germany, here's our essential matchday guide.

Signal Iduna Park, home of Borussia Dortmund, where Newcastle fans in Dortmund will visit in November
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How many Newcastle fans in Dortmund?

Newcastle fans will get an allocation of 3,000 tickets for the game, but we are sure there will be many more thousands traveling over to Germany to soak up the atmosphere.

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Tickets went on sale on 12 October at 10 am where season-ticket holders with 80 or more loyalty points got first preference.

The club then released the tickets on a day-to-day basis to the next group of season ticket holders (those who do not have over 80 loyalty points). This continued on, subject to availability.

Signal Iduna Park ticket prices

Ticket prices are fairly cheap for a UEFA Champions League game. This is mainly due to the Dortmund fans who insist on low prices so that everyone can afford to watch football.

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.

Where do the Newcastle fans sit/stand in the Signal Iduna Park?

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The away section is located within the central column of the Nord Tribune slightly towards the right-hand-hand side. However, in a weird set-up (by design or not) away fans are not just put into a corner of the stadium like in other stadiums. Instead, they are dispersed across two tiers. Newcastle fans will find themselves seated across both tiers of the north stand in sections: 08, 60, 61, 70, 71 and 75.

Essential fans' matchday guide for Borussia Dortmund v Newcastle

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As expected, not every Newcastle fan traveling over will have a match-day ticket. But that doesn't mean they can't enjoy the experience. Here are a few places that we suggest fans can go whilst visiting Dortmund.

Where to eat & drink for Newcastle fans in Dortmund

Pubs

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

One of the best pubs that can be recommended is quite close to the Signal Iduna Park. It is the rather large Strobels Bar, located northeast of the stadium. It has quite a selection of beers and drinks and shows matches for those who have no tickets for the game.

Another pub highly rated amongst football fans who have visited Dortmund is Brauhaus Wenkers. It also provides plenty of choices when it comes to beers and ales, while also showing the match on big screens.

If that isn't close enough for you, then you can buy your drink in the stadium yourself, being allowed to drink it in the stand, which Newcastle fans are not used to. Not that Newcastle fans need any more encouragement to be loud and noisy, but this is a sure fire way to ramp up the atmosphere.

Eating

Not only are there great places to have a drink in Dortmund but there are plenty of places to fill your stomach before and after the match. While there is a wide variety of food stalls outside the stadium, inside the stadium there is the Strobels Restaurant. Other restaurants around the area include Steakhouse Rodizio and Mongos Asian Restaurant, both coming highly recommended.

Ticket collection info for Newcastle fans in Dortmund

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.

How to get to the Signal Iduna Park

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Signal Iduna Park is located next to the Westfalenhallen conference center. The stadium is around 3km south-west of Dortmund's city center.

Driving

It is advised to use Google Maps should you decide to drive from your location to the Signal Iduna Park. But if you do, there is no shortage of parking spaces, with around 10,000 pre-paid parking spaces available around the stadium and nearby areas.

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.

Metro

Another handy way to get to the stadium is by the Metro, or the U-Bhan tramline as it is known. Depending on where you are getting on, both the 45 and 46 lines bring you close enough to the Signal Iduna Park.

Hotels to stay in

There are plenty of options when picking a place to stay for Newcastle fans in Dortmund with loads of B&B and hotels near the stadium, as it is only 3km away from the city center.

Park Inn (owned by Radisson), City Hotel Dortmund, and Hotel Carlton are all centrally located in the city, and are near the train stations, meaning you can easily leave your hotel and arrive at the stadium in no time.


Philip O'Rourke

Philip O Rourke is a Dublin-based journalist and author of Forgotten Football Clubs, 50 Clubs Around the World. He appears on the Forgotten Football Clubs podcast and, in his spare time, travels around Europe to different football stadiums, trying to watch as many different clubs as he can.

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