The first match to be played at the stadium was a Spanish Liga match on February 20, 1982 between Real Valladolid and Athletic Bilbao which ended in a 1-0 victory for Valladolid, the only goal being scored in the 84th minute by Jorge Alonso. The Spanish cup final was played at the stadium in April 1982.
During the 1982 World Cup, three Group D matches (Czechoslovakia-Kuwait, France-Kuwait and France-Czechoslovakia) were played at the Estadio Zorilla.
Plans are currently under way to expand the stadium to 40,000 spectators. The project is known as Valladolid Arena[baʎaˈðolið aˈɾena].