Being at Signal Iduna Park to see the Yellow Wall had long been a desire for us. We’d talk about it as if it was the Mecca of football fandom. For those not aware, Borussia Dortmund’s gigantic “Yellow Wall”, with nearly 25,000 fans on the south end of the Signal Iduna Park, is the largest standing terrace in the European game and widely considered the best standing section in any football stadium..
So, after much deliberation of how to make the trip feasible for everyone, we booked it through Homefans and went for it. Living in Enschede, we decided to make a mini roadtrip from there to Dortmund. We could have stayed in Dortmund for the trip, but we decided that a mini roadtrip would be more enjoyable.
Early on Saturday, we took our sore heads to take our car and drive to Dortmund. We wanted to experience the pre-match atmosphere at Borussia Dortmund, so we decided to leave early. It was a beautiful day for a football match in the Bundesliga!
The Yellow Wall was amazing, you won’t find anywhere else in football
The match day experience lasts longer in Germany and many people gather outside the stadiums quite early to eat, drink and chat about the upcoming game, or just meet friends to talk over the week. It’s more than a simple event. After we picked up our scarves, we headed into the stadium to get a few German sausages and beers before the match.
Our tickets were right at the corner section of the stadium, close enough to the field; when fans bounced, we bounced back. There was a healthy following of away supporters at the other end that were in good voice as the game kicked off.
We did not fell like simply tourists; thanks to Homefans, we connected with the locals. We got aware that football is an important part of culture in Germany: There is a fanatic level of support for the city’s football club, or for the club where you or your parents grew up.
That’s where part of the magic of European football lies—being able to make a die-hard fan out of someone who lives thousands of miles away and who fell in love with a team for reasons he/she can’t fully explain. And on top of that, understand and feel at home by connection with locals through Homefans.
After the game finished we headed to a local bar to have a few more Beers and be part of the atmosphere. It was a fantastic day and we’ll be back for sure in Dortmund. We’d like to thank Homefans for this brilliant experience, it was a football trip to remember for sure!
We highly recommend this Homefans experience to anyone wanting to see a different side to football. You won’t be bumping into tourists, only locals as you experience football through local eyes.
Oh, and Borussia Dortmund beat Hannover 96 by 1-0. The result was important for BVB and for us it was the icing on the cake of an unforgettable experience!
We’ll definitely be back for more!