Blog Written by Sandro (@TransfersCalcio):
After leaving Wolfsburg in the morning I arrived at Dortmund's main station in the early afternoon. I caught a connection to the stop right by the stadium and arrived at around 2:30pm. Kickoff wasn't until 7pm so I had time to kill but even then some fans were wandering around the stadium. I went into the Dortmund Fan Shop and they have absolutely anything you can imagine. Jerseys, warmup tops, robes, bath accessories, cookbooks, notebooks, watches, lighters, name it and they'll likely have it there. I bought a t-shirt and scarf which I obviously wore to the game. There's also a cafe inside the store which is good for a coffee or a pastry but there's plenty of places to get food and beer around the stadium. By 4:00pm it was already getting busy and that was 3 hours before kickoff. I got a huge hot dog which had some long German name I don't know, some French fries and a beer. Pretty satisfying meal at a stadium before a match. If you are travelling through Dortmund for just the day they do have a place where you can check in a bag for €.50 cents and then pick it up after the match, which was very helpful and convenient.
I headed into the stadium about an hour and a half before kickoff. Since the stadium was pretty much empty I made my way down to the first row and took in how big Signal-Iduna Park really is. It can hold 80,000 and there were 74,605 in attendance for a Cup match on a Wednesday night! I can't think of many, if any, other places in the world where that would happen. So by the time warmups got started there was a solid amount of fans in their seats and the Dortmund team were greeted with a huge round of applause. Before kickoff the whole stadium starting singing "You'll Never Walk Alone": https://twitter.com/ladsoffthepitch/status/659429447553175553. The Südtribüne, which is where we see those great tifos, was absolutely packed and has the largest standing section in Europe, with a capacity of 25,000. The crowd has many different songs to sing throughout the match.
Borussia kept possession well and controlled the game at a nice leisurely pace until the 21st minute. BVB's goalkeeper Roman Bürki received a back pass, couldn't get the ball out from under his feet and Srjdan Lakic pounced to put Paderborn up 1-0! (Watch: https://twitter.com/footylivevines/status/659435169401733120) A calamitous error to give the visitors an unexpected lead. The crowd was in shock but it only took 4 minutes for Dortmund to equalize. I got Adrian Ramos' equalizing goal on video: https://twitter.com/ladsoffthepitch/status/659439145237020672
The crowd burst into pure excitement and joy. Every player on Dortmund celebrated together and they did that after every goal on the night. I won't go into much about the rest of the game as that opened the floodgates and Dortmund showed their class. Yes they were only playing Paderborn but they put on a masterful display of football. Their passing, movement off the ball and decision making were top class. I also caught Kagawa's delightful chip on video:https://twitter.com/ladsoffthepitch/status/659440532708597760
The Südtribüne is nicknamed the "Yellow Wall" and that whole section really does look like one huge black and yellow wall. When it got close to the 90th minute, the whole stadium got up and started jumping and chanting. With 74,605 people all jumping together I could feel the stadium shaking. That may have been the coolest part of the crowd experience. You really get the sense that Borussia Dortmund is one huge family. The team celebrated each of their seven goals together and the fans practically live to come out and see their beloved team. If you ever get to go to a game here make sure you where you're going and what you're doing after match. It's pretty much chaos with thousands and thousands of fans. If you take the train back to the main Dortmund Train Station, it will be completely packed and you will be squished but it's part of the experience.
Overall in my opinion, a Dortmund game lives up to it's reputation as one of the great spectacles in football. Again, I was only there for a Cup match on a Wednesday night so I'm sure it's even better for bigger matches. If you're ever in Germany or near Dortmund I suggest going to a game if you can. I had an amazing experience which I will never forget.