SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The nationally acclaimed men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse programs at Notre Dame will be looking to continue their winning ways in 2009 and beyond in newly constructed stadiums; thanks in part to Notre Dame’s $1.5 billion “Spirit of Notre Dame” capital campaign. And who better to deliver the “luck of the Irish,” than renowned construction partners Skanska USA and The Southern Bleacher Company of Graham, TX. Skanska and Southern Bleacher, along with regional architectural firm Ratio Architects Inc., bring years of expertise and a commitment to excellence that made them the obvious choices when Notre Dame carefully moved through the closed bid process.

Both projects are part of the long-term athletics facilities master plan for Notre Dame and will be located in the area east and southeast of the Joyce Center. The new soccer stadium will sit side-by-side the new lacrosse facility, Arlotta Stadium, and will include a natural field with site improvements. Arlotta Stadium will include a synthetic turf field with site improvements. Each will boast Southern Bleacher’s Interlock 2000 aluminum decking with integral drainage system. To complement each stadium’s gracious 2,000-seat configuration, Southern Bleacher will be providing the “golden dome” crowning accent – VIP donor seating sporting Elite Seat luxury seating and backrests.

Construction will begin this fall and continue through spring 2009 with completion expected in early summer 2009. Said Southern Bleacher Vice President Garrett Pettus, “We are ecstatic to partner with globally-renown Skanska and regionally respected Ratio Architects and to play a significant role in the continued success of Notre Dame’s soccer and lacrosse programs. For years, both programs have been among the premier programs in the country just as Southern Bleacher has long been recognized as the leader in the design and manufacturing of sports stadiums and entertainment venues.”

Southern Bleacher’s comprehensive services include budget analysis, estimates, proposal drawings and specifications at no cost. Clients will benefit from their vast experience in addressing the myriad of building-code requirements, accessibility issues, safety requirements and lines of sight that fans will cheer about.

Since 1946, Southern Bleacher’s products grace soccer fields, college campuses, school districts, NASCAR tracks and rodeo arenas across the U.S.

From concept to reality, Southern Bleacher is customer driven. They work closely with planning committees and project architects to create a facility that is timeless and cost effective.

“We have made our mark in the industry by constantly finding new ways of addressing facility designs and seating systems required,” Pettus said. “Solving our customers’ needs, while providing superior and innovative products, has always been a top priority.”

Southern Bleacher is a family owned and operated company that takes pride in their commitment to excellence.

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