Udinese’s Dacia Arena is set to be transformed into a multi-purpose venue that will be open to the public through the week under an agreement reached between the Italian Serie A football club and the local municipality.
The venue, traditionally known as the Stadio Friuli, will undergo a revamp costing between €20m (£17.8m/$22.1m) and €30m, with a series of new facilities lined up to be introduced in the heart of the stadium.
TV studios, a music school, a nursery, commercial offices, a medical centre, a fitness centre, a swimming pool, a museum, warehousing space, a congress centre and a brewery are among the facilities planned within the ‘Stadium 2.0’ renovation project.
The club has said that, following the redevelopment, large-scale music concerts will also be able to return to the venue, with a capacity of up to 25,000 spectators on the pitch and in the stands.
The first facilities that are set to open to the public – the swimming pool, fitness centre, medical centre and brewery – could be open within a year.
A total of 20,000 square metres will be revamped in the “belly” of the stadium, modelling the venue on new arenas from the US major leagues, according to the club.
The club’s administrative director, Alberto Rigotto, said: “We plan to start construction in September, but the work will not in any way hinder existing activities.”
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