Monday, October 27, 2014
Stadion Rote Erde
Next to Westfalen Stadion is Stadion Rote Erde. It's a decent size in itself with a capacity of 25,000, although it is dwarfed by the giant Westfalen Stadion being placed next to it. It was opened in 1924, but was mainly used for athletics. The first football match was in 1926 when Dortmund lost to local rivals Schalke 4-1. Dortmund made it their permanent home in 1937, as their own ground was needed by the Nazis. They remained there until 1971 when Westfalen Stadion was inaugurated.
Nowadays it is used by Dortmund's second team who are in the third division. They drew with Hansa Rostock, who used to be afamous name themselves in the past on Sunday, but we were at the airport by then. I took these photos when we were looking around the ground after our museum trip on Friday.