- Address: Piazzale Repubblica Argentina, 3, Udine
- Country: Italian Republic
- Capacity: 25,000
- Opened: 26 September 1976
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: Udinese (football)
Extra stadium info – Dacia Arena
The construction of the Dacia Arena, which is named after a car manufacturer, started in 1971. In 1990, the national football team of Uruguay faced Spain in the first-ever FIFA World Cup match at the stadium. The game, which attracted a crowd of 35,000, ended in a goalless draw. Spain won the second world championship game at the venue after beating Korea. José Miguel González Martín del Campo, who played hundreds of matches for the Spanish football giants Real Madrid, scored the first FIFA World Cup goal at the Dacia Arena during that match. He scored three goals against the Republic of Korea, commonly known as South Korea. Uruguay won the third FIFA World Cup match at the Dacia Arena after defeating Korea.
Udinese Calcio use the stadium for home games. The football club was founded in 1896. They played numerous matches in the Italian top-flight football league. Udinese became one of the first Italian sports clubs with 100,000 followers on its main social media page. Udinese Calcio also became one of the first Italian sports clubs with a value of at least $100 million.
The UEFA Champions League
In 2005, Udinese qualified for the prestigious UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history. The club drew an average home attendance of 16,000 during that domestic league season. They finished third place in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, the European championship for football clubs. Udinese Calcio finished below the Spanish side FC Barcelona and the German side SV Werder Bremen. They finished above the Greek side Panathinaikos FC. Udinese won two of the six UEFA Champions League group stage games. One game ended in a draw.