Borough could raise the curtain in the Amex Stadium

Eastbourne Borough could become the first team to play in Brighton’s new American Express Community Stadium after it was announced as the surprise host of this year’s Sussex Senior Cup Final.

The final, on Saturday, July 16, will mark an historic first competitive match at the Seagulls’ new facility, after an agreement was reached by the Sussex County Football Association and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Albion chief executive Martin Perry said, “I am delighted the Sussex County FA and its member clubs have seen the enormous benefit of the final being the first historic fixture at the Amex. For the teams still in the competition it is sure to provide an extra incentive to reach the final.”

Eastbourne Borough, who lifted the trophy in 2008/09, are still in the competition and have been handed a home tie in the third round against Rustington of the Sussex County League division two.

Last year’s winners Brighton and Hove Albion reserves will be desperate to reach the final and have made a good start to the defence of their title beating Horsham YMCA 6-2 in the second round to set up a third-round clash with Sidley United.

The final will be the first game of Albion’s ramp-up programme this summer - required to gain a safety certificate ahead of the 2011/12 season.

In line with the safety assessment criteria, the capacity will be limited to 10,000.

Full ticketing details will be announced at a later date.