Stadio Friuli – construction description
By the second half of 2013, Udinese Calcio carried out extensive renovation of the main grandstand with its monumental arch. This will be the only stand of the historical Friuli retained in the new stadium. June 2013 saw works on pitch relocation begin. The field will be closer to the main stand as Friuli changes from an athletic venue to football-only.
Demolition of the old embankments located on three remaining sides of the stadium was scheduled for autumn 2013, but suffered a major delay and began in late April 2014. New ones to replace them will be simple, single-tiered and fully covered, creating what some call 'English layout' at Friuli, with improved sightlines and infrastructure.
Overall the capacity will be decreased significantly, from almost 42,000 to just under 30,000 in Serie A fixtures and 26,000 for international games.
Works are thought to cost €22.6 million and the stadium should be delivered by the end of 2015.
Italy: Udinese to cover main grandstand with synthetic grass
Although it was renovated just a couple years back, the main stand of Stadio Friuli (now Dacia Arena) will undergo further changes. Diamong-pattern façade and synthetic-grass roof are to change its appearance.
New stadium: Udinese made it, Dacia Arena inaugurated
One of Italy’s most ambitious football clubs got ahead of most Serie A contenders by opening the league’s third private stadium. But owners of the biggest one came and defeated Udinese 4:0.
Italy: Udinese stadium complete, renamed Dacia Arena
Along with 2015, reconstruction of Stadio Friuli has ended. And so did an era of the old name. From now on the stadium will be named Dacia Arena, just as it was rumoured for a long time.
Udine: First seats installed at Friuli’s new north stand
Udinese fans began to grow curious, even concerned over the new seats installed at the north stand. The reason is their colour: blue. The club assures it’s only a test and the eventual seating layout is yet to be decided.
Udine: Demolition of Stadio Friuli launched
With several months of delay the demolition of three landfill stands began at Udinese’s Stadio Friuli. In late 2015 the stadium should be completely redeveloped, should all go as planned.
Italy: Udinese secures stadium financing
Though works are already going on inside Stadio Friuli, it's only now that Udinese secured majority of the funding. Club owner compared this to winning Serie A title.
New construction: Stadio Friuli
After Juventus Stadium this will be only the second such modern ground in Italy, but... Rome wasn't built in a day? It doesn't fit entirely, but anyway, before we see first works at AS Roma's new Roman stadium, you should definitely check Udinese's project progress.