Hartlepool Council has agreed to further talks over the sale of the town's football ground.
Hartlepool United wants to buy the Victoria Park ground
Victoria Park in Clarence Road has been home to Hartlepool United since the club formed in 1908, but the club only leases the council-owned site.
Previous bids to buy it have failed, as the council says the area is prime development land.
A special council committee has now been set up, and has agreed that further negotiations should take place.
Councillor Robbie Payne, chair of the committee said: "The committee agreed to open up talks with Hartlepool United and we are looking forward to listening to their proposals.
"We do recognise the tremendous benefits that a successful football club bring to a town but any deal must be right for all parties.
"That includes Hartlepool United, Hartlepool Council and the Hartlepool community."