The Stadio Friuli (known for sponsorship reasons as 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. It is sponsored by car manufacturer Dacia.
|Full name||Stadio Friuli|
|Location||Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy|
|Field size||105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)|
|Architect||Lorenzo Giacomuzzi Moore|
|Structural engineer||Giuliano Parmegiani|
Udinese Calcio (1976–present)|
Italy national football team (selected matches)
The stadium is located in Rizzi, 4 km from the city centre of Udine.
Opened in 1976, as a replacement for Stadio Moretti, it used to have a maximum capacity of 41,652 seats. This capacity was recently reduced to 25,144, when the stadium 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 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).
In 1990, the stadium hosted three matches at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, all of which were Group E matches.
Fradis Furlàns, us invidi a tigní dur.— Pope John Paul II, 3 May 1992
1990 FIFA World CupEdit
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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- "L'Udinese al Consiglio di Stato: legittima l'insegna Dacia Arena" (in Italian). gelocal.it. Retrieved 21 July 2018.