Westfalenhallen (English: Halls of Westphalia) are three multi-purpose venues located in Dortmund, Germany. The original building was opened in 1925, but was destroyed during World War II.[1] New halls were built, the Große Westfalenhalle opened in 1952.[1] The capacity of the arena is 16,500. The Kleine Westfalenhalle served also for balls, exhibitions and concerts, such as the Dortmunder Philharmoniker, until the Opernhaus Dortmund was opened in 1966.

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Westfalenhalle 1
LocationDortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Coordinates51°29′47″N 7°27′21″E / 51.49639°N 7.45583°E / 51.49639; 7.45583Coordinates: 51°29′47″N 7°27′21″E / 51.49639°N 7.45583°E / 51.49639; 7.45583
OwnerWestfalenhallen Dortmund GmbH
OperatorWestfalenhallen Dortmund GmbH
Westfalenhalle 1

The Bundesliga was founded at the Westfalenhallen in 1962.


The venue played host to the 1964, 1980 and 2004 World Figure Skating Championships, as well as the 1955, 1983 and 1993 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships tournaments.

Bob Marley and The Wailers performed on 13 June 1980 as part of their in support of their new release (1980 Uprising Album) at the venue.

Pink Floyd performed two concerts on 23 and 24 January 1977 as part of their In the Flesh Tour (1977 Pink Floyd 'Animals' tour) at the venue.

In 1981, the venue was one of only four locations worldwide of The Wall Tour, by Pink Floyd, along with Los Angeles, Uniondale (New York) and London. They returned to Westfalenhallen to perform three concerts on 27, 28 and 29 June 1988 as part of their A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour.

In 1983, the venue hosted the Rock Pop Festival, featuring Iron Maiden (headliner band), Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard, Quiet Riot, Judas Priest, Krokus and The Michael Schenker Group[2] - one of the largest heavy metal lineups of all time, featuring these bands at the peak of their careers.

Portions of Yes's 9012Live: The Solos live album which was released in 1985 were recorded at the venue.

In 1988, Prince broadcast a performance from the venue live via satellite across Europe, later releasing it on video.[citation needed]

The Spice Girls performed at the venue on April 1, 1998 on the European Leg of the Spiceworld Tour.[citation needed]

Iron Maiden recorded Death on the Road, a live CD/DVD, at the venue on November 24, 2003.[citation needed]

Madonna performed a concert at the venue during the Blond Ambition World Tour in 1990.[citation needed]

Floor areas of the 8 hallsEdit

Messe Westfalenhallen
Hall Floor area
Westfalenhalle 1
4.700 m²
Westfalenhalle 2
1.800 m²
Westfalenhalle 2N
970 m²
Westfalenhalle 2U
1.000 m²
Westfalenhalle 3A
1.730 m²
Westfalenhalle 3B
10.600 m²
Westfalenhalle 4
8.300 m²
Westfalenhalle 5
5.100 m²
Westfalenhalle 6
7.200 m²
Westfalenhalle 7
6.000 m²
Westfalenhalle 8
5.500 m²

Public transportEdit

Westfalenhallen station of Stadtbahn Dortmund

Westfalenhallen is officially a terminus station of the Dortmund Stadtbahn (urban rail) line U45 and U46, part of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr (VRR). Practically, it is not a terminus station: The trains of the line U46 continue as U45 to the central station, while the U45 trains usually continue as U46 to Brunnenstraße. In case of football matches of Borussia Dortmund or other events at Signal Iduna Park, the trains serve the terminus station Stadion.

Preceding station   Rhine-Ruhr Stadtbahn   Following station
toward Dortmund Hbf


  1. ^ a b "Westfalenhallen Unternehmensgruppe GmbH: Über uns". www.westfalenhallen.de. Retrieved 2020-03-30.
  2. ^ "12/17/1983: Ozzy Osbourne / Scorpions / Def Leppard / Iron Maiden / Michael Schenker Group / Krokus @ Westfalenhalle | Concert Archives". www.concertarchives.org. Retrieved 2020-03-30.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Westfalenhalle Dortmund at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
European Indoor Games

Succeeded by
Sportovni hala