International competitions and sport for everyone

Not one weekend passes without competitions, tournaments and league matches in the Ruhr Metropolis. In fact, the Ruhr region is a regular host for international sport events. The local recreational and trend-setting sportspersons can get active on thousands of sports facilities.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup in Bochum is one of the top events in the Ruhr sports metropolis in 2011. Photo: OK 2011/Kunz
Picture: Footballers in action. Photo: OK 2011/Kunz

Championships and winners

The Ruhr region is a popular venue for national and international sports tournaments. International football competitions, European wrestling championships, Dragon Boat Racing, the German Canoe Championships or gym wheel gymnastics can be watched live. Many regional sportspersons are successful: Amongst the winners are football world champion of 1954, Helmut Rahn, the football European champion Annike Krahn, dressage rider Nicole Uphoff and Olympic skiing champion Katja Seizinger.

Athletics competition at the Lorheidestadion in Bochum. Photo: RVR
Picture: Athletics competition at the Lorheidestadion in Bochum. Photo: RVR

Modern sports facilities

The sports facilities in the Ruhr Metropolis are in top form. Regardless of the weather, competitions can be carried out in five modern multifunctional halls. The “Veltins Arena” in Gelsenkirchen is also multifunctional and covered. With its 80,000 seats, the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund is the biggest football dome in Germany. Athletes compete at tradition-steeped facilities, for example in Bochum. Rowers and canoeists take a ride to success on the regatta course in Duisburg.

A powerful concept is to be developed for the Ruhrolympiade. Photo: Ruhrolympiade e. V.
Picture: Tennis player at the Ruhrolympiade. Photo: Ruhrolympiade e. V.

Sport for everybody

Over 10,000 sports facilities are used by association members and hobby athletes in the Ruhr Metropolis. Lots of competitions for everyone to awaken ambition: The annual marathons in Duisburg and Essen draw thousands of participants and the biggest amateur dance festival in Germany is offered by the Duisburger Tanztage. The Ruhrolympiade (Ruhr Olympics) will be offering young sports enthusiasts a new concept as from 2012; recently, 9,000 youths participated in almost 30 sport disciplines.


Walking on the Kissinger Heights tip in Hamm. Photo: RVR
Picture: Walking on the Kissinger Heights tip in Hamm. Photo: RVR

Trendy sports - indoor and outdoor

In the Ruhr region, trendy sport disciplines take place on decommissioned industrial areas. Former coal stores, ore bunkers, wagework and machine halls now offer courses for skaters, bikers and climbers. The remodelled tips are well-suited for outdoor sports from nordic walking to kite flying. The Alpincenter Bottrop on the Prosperstraße tip combines a 640m long indoor ski piste with the only mobile surfing installation in the world.

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