Stadio Friuli

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Stadio Friuli
Dacia Arena[1]
Full nameStadio Friuli
LocationUdine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Coordinates46°04′54″N 13°12′00″E / 46.081603°N 13.200136°E / 46.081603; 13.200136Coordinates: 46°04′54″N 13°12′00″E / 46.081603°N 13.200136°E / 46.081603; 13.200136
OwnerUdinese Calcio
Field size105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)
SurfaceDesso GrassMaster
Broke ground1971
Renovated1990, 2012–2015
ArchitectLorenzo Giacomuzzi Moore
Structural engineerGiuliano Parmegiani
Udinese Calcio (1976–present)
Italy national football team (selected matches)
Pordenone Calcio (2019–present)

The Stadio Friuli (known for sponsorship reasons as Dacia Arena) is an all-seater football stadium in Udine, Italy, and the home of Serie A club Udinese. The stadium was built in 1976 and has a capacity of 25,144. It is sponsored by Romanian car manufacturer Dacia.


The stadium is located in Rizzi, about 4 km from the city centre of Udine.[2]

Opened in 1976, as a replacement for Stadio Moretti, it used to have a maximum capacity of 41,652 seats.[2] This capacity was recently reduced to 25,144, when the stadium underwent reconstruction.[1]

In April 2012, the City of Udine granted Udinese Calcio a 99-year lease of the stadium and land, due to end in 2112.

View of the stadium's previous configuration with running track and uncovered curved end stands, from the main stand (2009)

The most recent reconstruction saw the removal of the athletics track, the demolishing of three sides of the stadium with only the "arc" / West end preserved and the three demolished stands rebuilt closer to the pitch. The cost of the redevelopment was around €50m and the work was completed with Udinese not having to move any of their home games to other stadia. The work on the new stadium officially began on 5 June 2013. During the summer of 2013, the athletics track was dismantled. On 23 June 2014, the foundation stone was laid by Udinese Calcio president Giampaolo Pozzo. The new Friuli was officially opened on 17 January 2016 when Udinese hosted Juventus. The sponsorship name of the stadium, Dacia Arena, was unveiled that day therefore the club entered into a new stadium-naming rights agreement with its parent company, Dacia.[3]

The Friuli was nominated by as one of the best stadiums of the year 2016, reaching the 13th position of the Public Vote ranking and the 7th position of the Jury Vote ranking.[4]

Important events[edit]

Sports events[edit]

In 1990, the stadium hosted three matches at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, all of which were Group E matches.

In 2005, the stadium was approved by UEFA to host matches involving the UEFA Champions League, which Udinese participated in, during the 2005–06 season.

On 10 September 2008, the stadium hosted the second match of the Italian national team's 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Georgia.

On 21 November 2009, the Italy rugby team played 2007 Rugby World Cup Champions South Africa on this ground.

Music events[edit]

On 13 September 1988, Deep Purple played there for their The House of blue light Tour

On 15 September 1994, Pink Floyd played there for their The Division Bell Tour

On 28 June 2007, Red Hot Chili Peppers for their Stadium Arcadium World Tour

On 23 July 2009, Bruce Springsteen for his Working on a Dream Tour − Sold out concert in front of 28,356 people

On 29 August 2009, Coldplay for their Viva la Vida Tour

On 16 July 2009, Madonna was there for her Sticky & Sweet Tour

On 19 May 2010, AC/DC was there for their Black Ice World Tour

On 27 July 2011, Bon Jovi played to a crowd of 40,000 as part of the Bon Jovi Live tour.

On 13 May 2012, Metallica was there for the Black Album tour.

Religious events[edit]

On 3 May 1992, the stadium hosted the holy mass presided by Pope John Paul II, and in front of 30,000 people he said in Friulian:

Fradis Furlàns, us invidi a tigní dur.

— Pope John Paul II, 3 May 1992

1990 FIFA World Cup[edit]

The stadium was one of the venues of the 1990 FIFA World Cup, and held the following matches:

Date Team No. 1 Res. Team No. 2 Round
13 June 1990  Uruguay 0–0  Spain Group E
17 June 1990  South Korea 1–3  Spain Group E
21 June 1990  South Korea 0–1  Uruguay Group E

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Mozione del Consigliere Tanzi e altri avente ad oggetto "Invito formale all'Udinese calcio S.p.A. per il cambio di denominazione da 'Stadio Friuli' in 'Stadio Dacia Arena' - Udine"". OpenMunicipio (in Italian). 18 January 2016. Archived from the original on 20 May 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Dacia Arena – Stadio Friuli". The Stadium Guide. Archived from the original on 31 May 2019. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  3. ^ Ceschia, Alessandra (24 March 2017). "L'Udinese al Consiglio di Stato: legittima l'insegna Dacia Arena". Messaggero Veneto – Giornale del Friuli (in Italian). Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Stadium of the Year 2016". Archived from the original on 21 June 2019. Retrieved 27 September 2019.

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