It was used mostly for football matches, but also athletics and hosted the home matches of Sporting Clube de Portugal. It was named after Sporting founder José Alfredo Holtreman Roquette, known as José Alvalade after his family, the Holtremans, who were Viscounts of Alvalade and provided the land for the stadium to be built on.
^Portugal was 5-1 up at 68 minutes, but then one of the Angola players was injured. All the team's 7 substitutions have been used by then and 4 Angola's players had already been sent-off. Hence the game was abandoned at that time with the said scoreline, due to Angola not being allowed to play with 6 players on the field.