Stadio Friuli

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Stadio Friuli - Dacia Arena[1]
Full name Stadio Friuli - Dacia Arena[2]
Location Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Coordinates 46°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
Owner Udinese Calcio
Capacity 25,144
Field size 105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)
Surface Desso GrassMaster
Broke ground 1971
Opened 1976
Renovated 1990, 2012–2015
Architect Lorenzo Giacomuzzi Moore
Structural engineer Giuliano Parmegiani
Udinese Calcio (1976–present)
Italy national football team (some matches)

The Stadio Friuli, commercially known as the Dacia Arena, is an all-seater football stadium in the Udine, Italy, and the home of Serie A club Udinese. The stadium was built in 1976 and has a capacity of 25,144.


Stadio Friuli is located in Rizzi, 4 km from the city centre of Udine.

Opened in 1976, as a replacement for Stadio Moretti, Friuli used to have a maximum capacity of 41,652 seats. This capacity was recently reduced to 25,144, when the Stadio Fruili underwent a reconstruction.

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

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 2015 when Udinese hosted Juventus. The sponsorship name of the stadium, Dacia Arena, was unveiled that day.

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 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


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