Daegu Stadium
The Blue Arc
Interior view of the stadium
Full nameDaegu Stadium
Former namesDaegu World Cup Stadium
Location504, Daeheung-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu, South Korea
OwnerDaegu Metropolitan City
OperatorDaegu Sports Facilities Management Center
Field size105 x 68 m
(running track: 400 m x 8 lane, 100 m x 9 lane)
SurfaceGrass, Tartan track
Broke groundJuly 29, 1997; 25 years ago (1997-07-29)
OpenedJune 28, 2001; 21 years ago (2001-06-28)
Construction costUS$265 million
ArchitectKang Cheol-Hee, Idea Image Institute of Architects (IIIA)
Structural engineerSubstructure: Seoul Structure, Roof: WS Atkins
General contractorSamsung
Daegu FC (2003–2018)
Daegu Stadium
Revised RomanizationDaegu Woldeukeop Gyeoggijang
McCune–ReischauerTaegu Wŏldŭkŏp Kyŏnggijang

Daegu Stadium,[1] also known as the Blue Arc, is a multi-purpose sports stadium located in Daegu, South Korea. It was formerly named Daegu World Cup Stadium but was changed to Daegu Stadium on 5 March 2008. It has a seating capacity for 66,422 people, and parking for 3,550 cars. It is located approximately 11 kilometers or 20 minutes by car from Daegu Airport. It is managed by the Daegu Sports Facilities Management Center.

It was one of the host venues of the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the main stadium for the 2003 Summer Universiade[2] and the 2011 World Championships in Athletics. It was the home stadium of Daegu FC until 2018.[3][4]


The construction was completed in May 2001 at a cost of 265,000,000 USD. The roof was engineered by the international consultancy WS Atkins. The roof is in two sections, each with an inclined trussed steel arch spanning 273 m for a rise of only 28.7 m, and propped by 13 secondary arches off a perimeter second "arch" that is supported by raking columns.[5] The total roof steel weight is 4,350 t. The roof cladding is a PTFE-coated glass-reinforced fabric canopy. The modelling (form-finding) and analysis of the tensile roof was performed by Tensys.[6] Wind tunnel studies were carried out by BMT Limited to assess the wind loading on the roof.

2002 FIFA World Cup

The stadium was the largest stadium in South Korea during the 2002 FIFA World Cup. It held the following matches:

Date Team 1 Result Team 2 Round
6 June 2002  Denmark 1–1  Senegal Group A
8 June 2002  Slovenia 0–1  South Africa Group B
10 June 2002  South Korea 1–1  United States Group D
29 June 2002 2–3  Turkey Third place match


Daegu Marathon

Daegu World Cup Stadium hosts the Daegu Marathon annually in April of each year.


The stadium was also the venue for the 8th Asia Song Festival, organised by Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange, in 2011.[7]

See also


Events and tenants Preceded byOlympiastadion Berlin IAAF World Championships in Athletics Venue 2011 Succeeded byLuzhniki Stadium Moscow Preceded byWorkers Stadium Beijing Summer UniversiadeOpening and Closing Ceremonies 2003 Succeeded byİzmir Atatürk Stadium İzmir