If you or a loved one is a football enthusiast, going on a stadium tour will no doubt be close to the top of your list of things to do when exploring a city for the first time. If you’re planning a visit to Malaga, make sure you visit the home of Malaga FC.
La Rosaleda Stadium, as it is known, has a capacity of just under 30,000 and hosted its first match in April 1941. Malaga’s team plays against the likes of Barcelona, so I know any football fan in your holiday group will be itching to get behind the scenes of a ground they often see on TV.
The stadium is around a 15-minute drive from the city centre, so you might find it convenient to get a rental car at Malaga Airport and make your own way there. Of course, you can also use the public transport network if you would prefer, it just depends what you find easier for your group, especially if you have young children.
Once you get to La Rosaleda, you’ll be keen to start the tour. You’ll get to take a peek behind the scenes at some of the most exclusive parts of the stadium and, looking at the route, I definitely think even non-sport enthusiasts will find it interesting.
Your tour will start at the reception, before leading you to the VIP seats and the panoramic viewing point, which will allow you to see right across the stadium. If you’ve only ever sat in the usual fan seating, seeing what it’s like from the VIP area will no doubt be entertaining.
Next up is the presidential box and grandstand, where the view of the action is even better. The press hall is the next leg of the tour, and you might recognise its backdrop, as it’s the place where announcements are made, including new signings.
The La Rosaleda History Hall is a fascinating part of the stadium tour and it’s here you will learn all about its past and the transformation it’s gone under over the years. Now, this next bit of the tour is one I’d probably be most interested in, although it’d be even better if I could hear what exactly went on there – and that’s the visitors’ dressing rooms. Imagine being able to listen to the stern words managers will have imparted upon their players when trying to beat Malaga FC at home.
Having said that, I reckon being on the pitch itself is another highlight of the tour, although you won’t catch me showing off my less-than-impressive football skills! The Passage of History is next on the agenda and will take you through 100 years’ of the team’s achievements and greatest stars.
You will end your tour of Malaga FC’s stadium with a visit to the museum and the store. Here, you can snap up all manner of souvenirs to remind you of your time in the city and, if your kids will be with you, make sure you’re ready for the inevitable pleas for you to treat them!
Of course, you don’t need to go all out and buy the kit – they might be happy with new stationery to show off to their classmates when they get back.
Have you toured Malaga FC’s stadium? If so, leave your favourite parts of the experience below to help encourage other holidaymakers to go there.