As the home of the world-famous Birchfield Harriers Athletics Club, the Alexander Stadium has provided a focal point for athletics on a regional, national and international level since its opening in 1976.
Since then, the only major upgrade was the development of the Backstraight stand in 2011.
The Commonwealth Games mean an enhanced facility is needed for the athletics events, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.
Planning for the redevelopment is underway with a number of key contractors already appointed. During the Games, an estimated television audience of 1.5billion will see the revamped stadium, which is set to have its capacity increased from 12,700 to approximately 40,000 for the event.
Post Games, temporary seating will be removed to leave a permanent capacity greater than at present with an aim to be the largest such facility in the UK, giving Birmingham a golden opportunity to reaffirm its claim to be the national home of athletics.
However, the stadium is just one piece of a much bigger picture the development of a sport and community hub to serve Perry Barr and the wider area of north Birmingham.
Planning consent, enabling the demolition of three existing old stands at the site, was granted in August 2019. Preparations are being made for the submission of an application for the new stadium in September 2019, with a final decision then expected in January 2020.
If approved, construction work would then start in spring 2020, for a late 2021 completion, ahead of test events prior to Birmingham 2022.
A masterplan is also being finalised, following community consultation, to lay out a long-term vision for the site. This masterplan is expected to outline details of leisure and other community facilities, with a promise to fully engage with existing users if any of their current services are impacted or affected in any way.