One way or another, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected clubs all over the world. Borussia Dortmund isn’t exempt from this.
In today’s Bild report, Borussia Dortmund are expected to post a loss of €75 million. This is double the approximately €45 million Dortmund lost last season.
Wegen der Corona-Pandemie - BVB rechnet mit 75 Mio. Euro Verlust https://t.co/gyAKYJREz7 #bvb #borussiadortmund #dortmund— BILD BVB (@BILD_bvb) October 7, 2020
Bild also states that Borussia Dortmund is expecting sales to decline by roughly five percent thanks to a lack of ticket revenue. This makes sense, as German pandemic guidelines have led to a dramatic decrease in attendance figures. Normally, the Westfalenstadion would be packed to the gills with rabid Dortmund fans (and a number of opposing fans) spending money on tickets, merchandise, and concessions. No fans, no sales. They’re just now allowing 11k fans into the stands, and it may be a while before Westfalenstadion is at full capacity again.
However, this shouldn’t spell doom for BVB. While they’ve been in financial straits before, they’re in a much better financial situation than in 2003 when they nearly went bankrupt. I fully expect Dortmund to weather the COVID storm and come out of this as one of the more financial secure clubs in the world.