Borussia Dortmund to Feature Special ‘Danke’ Graphic on Kits This Saturday

German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund is welcoming fans back to their home stadium this weekend with a special graphic on their iconic yellow home kits.

When Dortmund takes on RB Leipzig on Saturday, April 2, it will mark the first time in more than two years that Signal Iduna Park is at full capacity. Restrictions on the number of fans able to attend matches have been in place since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The club is welcoming fans back by adding a special graphic to their jerseys, placed on the front below the sponsor logo. The graphic spells out “DANKE” — “thank you” in German.

“In the ‘ghost games’ or the matches played in front of just a few spectators, it has become very clear that without the support of the entire stadium, what makes Borussia Dortmund so special is missing.”

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Within the graphic are the names of all 978 official Borussia Dortmund fan clubs from around the world.

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“This can give us a real boost,” Borussia Dortmund manager Marco Rose said in his pre-match press conference. “It’ll be football as we love it once again. The fact the stadium is sold out is a special moment.”

Signal Iduna Park, also known as the Westfalenstadion, has a capacity of 81,365 fans, seated and standing, for Borussia Dortmund games (the capacity is reduced for international games as standing is not permitted). It is the largest stadium in Germany, the seventh-largest in Europe, and second only to FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou among European stadiums that regularly host top-flight club football.

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