Places To Stay In Dortmund For World Cup 2006

Germany is set to host the FIFA World Cup this summer with an anticipated 3-4 million fans travelling to the 12 host cities for a festival of football and culture. As the global community descends on the host cities, they will be greeted with improved infrastructure and a greeting that has taken six years of preparation. For the host cities themselves, it is an opportunity for commerce and to showcase themselves to the rest of the world. Of course, cities such as Munich and Berlin are familiar to the global community and prominent as tourist destinations, but for some of the other host cities, this is really an opportunity to put themselves in the shop window.

With a proportion of the 3-4 million World Cup fans swelling the 600,000 population of Dortmund this June, the city has prepared in earnest since the announcement of the host venues in 2000. Dortmund has the largest football stadium in Germany apart from the Olympic stadium in Berlin where the final itself will be played. With a capacity of over 82,000, the former Westfaldstadion will host one of the semi-final matches as well as r of the preliminary round matches.

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