The largest stadium in Germany with room for 80,720 spectators dominates the skyline in the North-Rhine Westphalian city of Dortmund. It has the largest open-plan terrace in the European game, with room for up to 24,454 fans. Devotees of the game travel from far and wide to savour the inimitable, intimidating atmosphere of a venue rated by The Times as the best in the world.
Originally built with a capacity of 54,000 for the 1974 FIFA World Cup, the addition of upper tiers over the years led to its overall capacity being increased to 83,000 before a few alterations reduced it down to its current size in time for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, hosted by Germany.
The stadium also houses the Borusseum, a museum which opened in 2009 to coincide with the club's 100th anniversary and tells the story of BVB through the years. The pitch is not bad either: in spite of the monumental stands which block out much of the natural light, an innovative artificial sunlight system was introduced in the 2011/12 season - ensuring a lush green carpet which is the envy of many in the Bundesliga.