West Ham United could be offered hope by Birmingham's stunning bid to become the new home of UK Athletics.
The Hammers' move to Stratford from their beloved Upton Park was beset by problems from the start.
In reality they have been left with a temporary lower tier built on a complex scaffolding which takes weeks to deconstruct and reconstruct between football and athletics mode each summer and having to wait until mid-September to play their first home game of the new season due to the IAAF World Championships being staged there.
The distance from the stands to the pitch is a major bone of contention for many fans with the bowl shape of the venue the biggest problem as the stadium was not built with football in mind.
Having signed a 99-year lease many supporters are disillusioned at the prospect of a long-term future at the ground in it's current state.
Birmingham and Liverpool are currently bidding to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games after Durban, South Africa, was stripped of the event, with the Commonwealth Games Federation saying it did not meet its criteria.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is expected to announce soon who will be its UK candidate.
And if Birmingham get the go-ahead the Alexander Stadium will be upgraded into a 40,000 seat arena - a fitting venue for some of the world’s leading track and field athletes.
Currently the Alexander Stadium has a 12,700 seat capacity and already hosts the British championships and team trials as well as international Diamond League contests and is the official headquarters of UK Athletics.
With such a low capacity the stadium is not seen as large enough to carry the torch from the Olympic Stadium and preserve the 2012 legacy.
But if Birmingham win the bid West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold may get the chance to buy the stadium outright - something Sullivan's son Dave has admitted is a possibility - and perhaps even redevelop it properly for football.