In 2013, during the excavation of the ground for the foundation of the arena, five shells of World War II were found.
Built on the left bank of the Don River, Rostov Arena is one of the football venues of Russia that have been built to host the FIFA World Cup of 2018. The design of the stadium was given by Populous, a prominent global architectural firm in 2011 based on which, the construction began in October 2015. The roof and stands of the arena have a peculiar shape.
The arena officially opened its gate on 15 April 2018 by hosting a league match between FC Rostov and Khabarovsk.
The stands of the arena have temporary seating arrangements for the World Cup matches after which its capacity will be reduced to 42,000.