- Address: 456 Uman-dong, Suwon
- Country: Korea
- Capacity: 44,000
- Opened: 13 May 2001
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: Suwon Samsung Bluewings (football)
Extra stadium info – Suwon World Cup Stadium
The construction of the Suwon World Cup Stadium, which is nicknamed Big Bird Stadium, started in 1996. It is among the main sports venues in the Republic of Korea, commonly known as South Korea. In 2001, the national football teams of Australia, Brazil, the French Republic, Korea and the United Mexican States played at the stadium during the FIFA Confederations Cup.
FIFA World Cup matches at the Suwon World Cup Stadium
The stadium hosted 2002 FIFA World Cup matches of Brazil, Costa Rica, Ireland, the Portuguese Republic, Senegal, Spain, the United States and Uruguay. On 5 June 2002, the United States won the first-ever FIFA World Cup game at the stadium after beating the Portuguese Republic 3-2. 37,000 spectators showed up for the game. The second world championship game at the Suwon World Cup Stadium ended in a 3-3 draw between Senegal and Uruguay. It was the third FIFA World Cup match for Senegal, who reached the quarter-finals of the tournament in 2002. The national football team of Brazil defeated Costa Rica in the third world championship game at the venue. Spain beated Ireland after a penalty shoot-out in the fourth game of the tournament at the stadium.
The Suwon Samsung Bluewings
The Suwon Samsung Bluewings use the Suwon World Cup Stadium for home matches. They were crowned Korean football champions in 1998 for the first time in their history. The Suwon Samsung Bluewings won the Asian championship for football clubs in 2001 for the first time in their history after beating the Japanese football club Júbilo Iwata. Sandro Cardoso dos Santos from Brazil scored the only goal for the Suwon Samsung Bluewings in the final of the tournament. One year later, the Suwon Samsung Bluewings were crowned Asian football champions again.