German giants, Borussia Dortmund have announced that their home stadium, the Signal Iduna park will be converted to a Coronavirus treatment centre. The Bundesliga giants has become the latest group to offer their home to local health officials.
Beginning from Saturday, the second-placed Bundesliga side will be converting their home ground into a facility to combat the outbreak with the assistance of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians of Westphalia-Lippe (KVWL).
The Signal Iduna Park which is known for being the largest stadium in German football, is now dedicated for the exclusive assistance of patients who are suspected to have gone down with the virus and excludes patients who are already battling the illness.
“Our stadium is the figurehead of the city, a fixed point for almost everyone in Dortmund and the surrounding area and, thanks to its technical, infrastructural and spatial conditions, the ideal place to actively help people who are potentially infected or over-infected by the coronavirus symptoms such as respiratory diseases and fever,” said CEOs Hans-Joachim Watzke and Carsten Cramer.
“It is our duty and our desire to do everything in our power to help these people. In the KVWL we have a perfect partner at our side to lead this fight successfully.”
Dortmund aren’t the only football side to have given their stadium for such humanitarian cause. English side, Manchester City have also given the Etihad stadium to the National Health Service for the training of doctors and nurses during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Real Madrid also announced that they are willing to set up the Santiago Bernabeu for the purpose of storing medical supplies, while also developing the place to be a business hub where monetary and material donations are made to combat the Coronavirus pandemic.