PRIME-TIME OPENER

The Colts will open the 2008 NFL regular-season with a nationally-televised home game against the Chicago Bears.

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Colts to Open Lucas Oil Stadium, 2008 Season against Chicago Bears

PALM BEACH, Fla. - The regular-season opening of Lucas Oil Stadium will be a nationally-televised occasion.

It will be a prime-time occasion, too.

The Colts, who have been a regular on prime-time television in recent seasons, will open the NFL regular season on prime-time, national television for a fifth consecutive season, opening 2008 with a home game against the Chicago Bears.

The game will be televised nationally on NBC as part of the NFL's Kickoff Weekend, the scheduled for which was announced on Monday at the 2008 League Meetings, being held at The Breakers this week.

That game will be the regular-season opener for Lucas Oil Stadium, the new state-of-the-art stadium in downtown Indianapolis.

Indianapolis opened the 2004 regular season at New England on a Thursday Night. They then opened 2005 and 2006 with victories at Baltimore and the New York Giants, respectively, before playing host to the 2007 Thursday Night opener. The Colts beat the New Orleans Saints in the 2007 opener.

The Colts beat the Bears, 29-17, in Super Bowl XLI in Miami Gardens, Fla., in February 2006.

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