With United's Sky Bet League One fixtures now announced, Blades boss Nigel Adkins says the forthcoming campaign now seems 'real'.
Having been drawn away to Morecambe in the first round of the Capital One Cup, United will also begin their league term on the road days earlier with a trip to Priestfield to face Justin Edinburgh's Gillingham.
Giving his initial reaction to the fixtures, Adkins admitted there is now a genuine excitement about the big kick-off on the 8th August.
Looking ahead, the Gaffer remarked: "We are looking forward to the opening day of the season and I am sure the fans will be excited too.
"It is good that the game is on a Saturday, because it is a long trip and previously the Club has had to play Gillingham away on a Tuesday night.
"We have to play everyone twice and we will always respect the opposition. We are planning out the whole campaign in due course.
"Christmas is always a busy time on the calender and we have two away fixtures in that period. We will probably be on a hotel on Christmas Day, but that is just part and parcel of football.
"We also look at the games over Easter and the possibility of maybe moving a fixture back 24 hours to give ourselves another day to recover.
"Both at Christmas and Easter we have games on the Saturday and the Monday so we need to get our plans and preparations right then."
Fast forwarding his thoughts to the final day of the regular season, which will be at Bramall Lane, Adkins added:
"We have also looked at the final game, it is always potential a big day and we host Scunthorpe United, who I expect to be challenging at the right end of the table with ourselves given the players they have already recruited this summer.
"We have got a fantastic Club here at Sheffield United and it makes it all real now the fixtures are out. What we have to do is make sure we get everything in place to try and ensure a positive start."