La Rosaleda had its first stone laid in 1936 and has a current capacity of 28,963. The outbreak of the Spanish Civil War delayed construction for four years and it was 1941 before the first match played at the ground when it held just 8,000.
Gradual expansion over time saw La Rosaleda chosen as one of 17 venues for the 1982 World Cup, when it had room for 37,000 spectators and staged three matches. The Spanish national team has played seven home games at La Rosaleda, the most recent a 5-0 win over Venezuela in a friendly in 2012.
The stadium is owned equally by the City of Malaga, the Malaga Provincial Council and the Government of Andalusia as part of an agreement reached after CD Malaga folded. Major renovation work began in 2000 and lasted six years, with the capacity reduced to 28,963, but as a result La Roseleda is now one of the most modern venues in Spain.