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Signal Iduna Park (Westfalenstadion), Dortmund, Germany

June 2nd, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Signal Iduna Park is the name the Westfalenstadion carries from December 2005 until June 2011. It is a football stadium in the German city of Dortmund (8th biggest German city). It is the home ground of the BV Borussia Dortmund football team and will host several matches of the 2006 World Cup, including a semi-final. It has a league capacity of 81,264 (standing and seated), and an international capacity of 67,000 (seated only). The stadium was named after the former Prussian province of Westphalia, which is now part of the German state North Rhine-Westphalia. It is Germany's biggest stadium and established the European record in fan attendance in 2004/2005 with a total of almost 1.4 million fans.

The property of the Westfalenstadion, originally belonging to the city of Dortmund and later sold to the club Borussia Dortmund, was sold to a real estate trust in 2002 when the club was facing serious financial problems. Borussia Dortmund intended to repurchase the stadium gradually up to 2017, but was not able to pay the regular rates in spring 2005. Holders of the trust agreed in cutting back the asset's interest rates and allowed the club to pay the rates after financial reorganisation. Because of these measures, bankruptcy of the club was avoided and the future of the facility was secured.

In order to reduce debt, the naming rights to the stadium was sold to an insurance company Signal Iduna. From December 2005 on, the stadium is known as the "Signal Iduna Park". However, during the FIFA World Cup in 2006, the stadium will be called "FIFA World Cup Stadium Dortmund", since FIFA controls all naming rights in connection with the World Cup.

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Olympiastadion stadium, Berlin, Germany

May 19th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Olympiastadion (Olympic Stadium) is a sports stadium in Berlin. There have been two stadia on the site: the present facility, and one that was built for the aborted 1916 Summer Olympics. Both were designed by members of the same family, the first by Otto March and the second by his son Werner March.

For the 1936 Summer Olympics, and to satisfy his own political plans, Hitler's National-Socialist (Nazi) Party built the Olympiastadion surrounded by the massive Olympischer Platz. During World War II these buildings suffered little damage. After the war, the United Kingdom military occupation used it as its headquarters until 1994.

Aside from its use as an Olympic stadium, the Olympiastadion has a strong footballing tradition. Historically, it's the ground of club Hertha BSC of Berlin. It was also used for 3 matches in the 1974 Football World Cup. It will host six matches in the 2006 Football World Cup and was renovated for that reason. German Cup's final match is held each year at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

The stadium is sometimes seen as controversial, as it was constructed under the Third Reich, and is a concrete, historical manifestation of Adolf Hitler's personal political dreams in 1936.

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Allianz-Arena stadium, Munich, Germany

January 19th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Allianz Arena is a football stadium located in the north-Munich district of Fröttmaning. It opened end of April 2005 and is the new home to the German football clubs TSV 1860 München and FC Bayern München. The stadium will also host the opening game of the 2006 World Cup. It was designed by the Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron to replace the Olympiastadion which had been used by the two clubs since 1972.

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AOL Arena - Hamburg, Germany

September 6th, 2005 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Club: Hamburger SV

Inauguration: 2000

Capacity: 55000 (10000 standing places)

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