The fresh inquest into the deaths of the 96 supporters who lost their lives at the Hillsborough disaster will begin next March.
Coroner Lord Justice Goldring gave a prospective start date of March 31, 2014 but no location for the new investigation ordered following the quashing of the original verdicts of accidental death last December.
Golding was "confident" a satisfactory venue would be sourced after a second preliminary hearing in London revealed the scope and details of the new inquest process.
"I am confident that we shall locate a satisfactory venue, and that will not be a reason not to begin on that date," he said, before confirming that a third hearing will take place in October.
Earlier in the day it had been agreed that the new inquest will be heard before a jury.
"There plainly ought to be a jury," added the coroner, who cited the European Human Rights act in his decision.
Ninety-six Liverpool fans died at an FA Cup semi-final between the Reds and Nottingham Forest in Sheffield in April 1989.