The Lega Serie B has announced that Atalanta against Vicenza will open the 2010-11 Serie B season on Friday 20 August.
Fixtures for the new campaign were drawn up at a ceremony in Milan on Thursday, with all the matches from the first two rounds of the season scheduled for evening kick offs to avoid the August heat.
Recently-relegated Atalanta will host Vicenza in Bergamo at 1945 UK time to kick off the new second division season, with Torino against newcomers Varese closing the opening round in the Monday night game.
The rest of the fixtures on the opening weekend will take place on Sunday 22 August at 1945.
Novara against Triestina in Week 2 has been brought forward to Thursday 26 August, instead of the Friday to avoid clashing with the UEFA Super Cup final, while Empoli-Pescara will close the round on Monday 30 August. The rest of the games, on the weekend the new Serie A season kicks off, will take place on Saturday 28 August at 1730.
Week 3 is an international weekend so Serie B matches will take over the time slots left vacant by their top-flight counterparts.
Torino-Crotone will open the round on Saturday 4 September at 1945, Modena-Padova is the Sunday lunchtime game and Livorno-Siena will conclude the round later that evening. The rest of the fixtures kick off at 1400.
The Serie B schedule will then return to its normal pattern from Week 4, albeit with the Saturday games kicking off at a slightly earlier time this season.
This means weekly matches will be spread over three kick-off times over a normal weekend. On Fridays and Mondays there will be one match each at 1945, and the remaining nine matches will kick off at 1400 on Saturdays.
All kick-off times listed here are UK time (+1 for Italy/CET). Fixtures and kick-off times are subject to change.
Serie B - Week 1
Friday 20 August
Atalanta v Vicenza (1945)
Sunday 22 August
Frosinone v Empoli, Grosseto v Ascoli, Livorno v Sassuolo, Modena v Piacenza, Padova v Novara, Pescara v Siena, Portogruaro v Cittadella, Reggina v Crotone, Triestina v Albinoleffe (all 1945)
Monday 23 August
Torino v Varese (1945)
Serie B - Week 2
Thursday 26 August
Novara v Triestina (1945)
Saturday 28 August
Albinoleffe v Livorno, Ascoli v Modena, Cittadella v Torino, Crotone v Padova, Piacenza v Frosinone, Sassuolo v Grosseto, Siena v Reggina, Varese v Atalanta, Vicenza v Portogruaro (all 1730)
Monday 30 August
Empoli v Pescara (1800)
Serie B - Week 3
Saturday 4 September
Torino v Crotone (1945)
Sunday 5 September
Modena v Padova (1130)
Ascoli v Albinoleffe, Atalanta v Frosinone, Cittadella v Novara, Grosseto v Vicenza, Portogruaro v Sassuolo, Reggina v Piacenza, Triestina v Pescara, Varese v Empoli (all 1400)
Livorno v Siena (1945)
Source: Lega Serie B