German Bundesliga football club Borussia Dortmund has moved to improve its environmental footprint by setting up electric car charging stations at Signal Iduna Park.

The stadium has been fitted with six charging stations. Five of these will be public and made available for fans on match days, with one to just be used by the club itself.

Dortmund said the cost of the project is around €51,000 (£46,000/$59,000) – of which €24,110 will be funded by the State of Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Dortmund has also committed to building three more electric car charging stations at its other buildings, including its training ground.

The district republic of Arnsberg has taken over the responsibility of electromobility for the Nordrhein-Westfalen region. Arnsberg district president Hans-Josef Vogel said: “The network of charging stations in our district can be expanded as well as possible when the economy, the public sector and private users cooperate with each other. That is why the district government of Arnsberg is promoting nationwide public and non-public charging stations.”

The initiative has been launched after Dortmund recently revealed plans to introduce a returnable beaker system at Signal Iduna Park.

Signal Iduna Park has a capacity of 81,000 and is the third largest club football stadium in Europe, behind Barcelona’s Camp Nou and Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu.

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