Although the stadium hosted home games for Deportivo since its establishment in 1906, it wasn't until 1944 that essential facilities (e.g. bleachers, locker rooms...) were constructed. That year, the stadium was officially known as Deportivo's ground. The opening game was against Valencia CF in 28 October 1944, which saw Depor lose 2-3.
The enormous total area of 30,000 led Riazor to be one of the chosen stadia to host the 1982 FIFA World Cup finals, the first of which was Spain against Portugal which ended 4-2 in favor of the hosts. Also, this asset made Riazor favorable for a Copa del Rey final between Real Madrid and RCD Espanyol in 1947, which saw the capital's side claim their ninth cup title.