The capital of Costa del Sol and one of the oldest cities in Europe, Malaga is a destination where the climate, the sea, beaches, and football become an irresistible attraction to national and international tourists. Football in Malaga has deep-rooted traditions, making it an integral part of life in this stunning capital of Costa del Sol. Although the city of Malaga cannot compare to Spain’s largest metropolitans in terms of the number of professional football clubs, its one and only Malaga CF has been the joy and pride of their city for the last 72 years. As a rule, a great team needs a great stadium, and Malaga is definitely home to one of the best football stadiums in the country.

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La Rosaleda Stadium

Málaga's 600th First Division match to take place at La Rosaleda | Málaga - Web Oficial

Estadio La Rosaleda or La Rosaleda Stadium is a football ground located in Malaga, Andalusia. It is currently the home stadium of Malaga CF, which holds a capacity of 30,044 spectators, making it the fourth-largest stadium in Andalusia. La Rosaleda is also one of the oldest football grounds in Spain, dating back nearly a hundred years when it was first opened in 1941.

Over the years, it has undergone reconstruction work three times in 1982, 2000 and 2010. Its most notable reconstruction was prior to the 1982 FIFA World Cup which allowed the Estadio La Rosaleda to be one of the seventeen host stadiums. Additionally, throughout its rich history, La Rosaleda held seven matches of the Spain national team and the final of the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2002.

During the World Cup itself, the 37,000 seater La Rosaleda Stadium hosted three group matches: Scotland vs New Zealand (5-2), Soviet Union vs New Zealand (3-0) and Soviet Union vs Scotland (2-2). The stadium remained unchanged for the next two decades with the next modernisation steps occurring in the year 2000.

In 2000, the stadium underwent its second major renovation that lasted until 2006. After completion, the capacity of the ground was expanded to the current 30,044 seats.

Interesting facts about La Rosaleda Stadium

  • Lourdes Alonso, daughter of the ruling Mayor of the time Pedro Luis Alonso, had the honorary duty to kick off the first ball at the inauguration match
  • Pelé, one of football’s greatest ever players, played a game in La Rosaleda in 1967, wearing the colours of Santos FC 
  • There is a medical centre inside the stadium
  • La Rosaleda has been the host venue for big names in music throughout its history. George Michael, Paul Simon, Shakira, Genesis and Alejandro Sanz are just some of the artists who have performed in the Malagan stadium

Getting to La Rosaleda Stadium

Address: Paseo Martiricos, s/n, 29011 Málaga, Spain

Public transport access:

Malaga’s main railway station lies about 1 kilometre further away. There is no direct bus from the railway station to the stadium, but a 10-minute walk brings you to the centre from where there are various options.

Most buses depart from the Alameda Principal. If you take bus 17 (to La Palma), get off at stop Avda. Dr. Maranon. If bus 26 (to Alegria de la Huerta), get off at stop Rosario Pino. And if bus 2 (to Ciudad Jardin), get off at Jorge Silvela.


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