A multi-million pound redevelopment of Birmingham's Alexander Stadium has been approved by the city council cabinet.
The £12.25 million project could pave the way for the country's biggest sporting events to be held at the Perry Barr venue.
The project will see seating capacity at the stadium increased to 12,800 after a new 5,000-seater stand is added to the venue.
The facility, based on Curbar Road, will also include a state-of-the-art gym for residents in the area and office space for 250 people.
Leader of Birmingham City Council, Coun Mike Whitby, said: "This exciting project will further enhance Birmingham's deserved reputation as Britain's sporting city, bringing jobs to the city and enhancing our facilities.
"We play host to gold medal hopefuls from the USA and Jamaica ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games and, to build on that success, we need the facilities required for the world's best athletes to compete here on a regular basis.
"That's exactly what this project will achieve and we're once again showing Birmingham has the commitment needed to be a significant player in world sport."
The redevelopment work is due to begin in October with the end date for the project scheduled for June next year.