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Westfalenstadion, Dortmund

The Westfalenstadion was built in 1974 and hosted several games of the 1974 World Cup. It was named after the former Prussian province Westphalia, which now is part of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The stadium now has a capacity of 82,678, of which 55,078 are seats. The Westfalenstadion is host to the Borussia Dortmund football team, the first German team to win a European club title. Plans to establish a new stadium began in the 1960's, due to the need to refurbish the traditional ground, Stadion Rote Erde, of the local football team, Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund was selected as a host instead and got the necessary financial support originally reserved for a new stadium in Cologne. But keeping an eye on the costs, work was finished with a the stadium finally offering 17,000 seats (Western and Eastern stands) and 37,000 standing places (Southern and Northern stands). In 2002, when it became clear that Germany, and consequently Dortmund, would host the World Cup in 2006, the Westfalenstadion was enlarged for a third and last time. Four new tribunes were built in the corners between the old tribunes and the Stadium now gives 82,678 visitors the chance to watch high-quality football.


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