April 17, 2008
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Groundbreaking ceremonies will be held at 11:30 a.m. EDT Friday for Arlotta Stadium, the University of Notre Dame’s new $5 million home for men’s and women’s lacrosse.
The ceremonies will include remarks from lead benefactor John Arlotta, Notre Dame athletics director Kevin White, senior associate athletics director Bill Scholl, Irish men’s lacrosse coach Kevin Corrigan and Irish women’s coach Tracy Coyne. Players from both the men’s and women’s teams also will attend.
Plans for Arlotta Stadium include a lighted facility that will feature an artificial-turf field, locker rooms, restrooms and concession areas.
Actual construction work on the stadium is expected to begin this summer, with tentative completion in June 2009. The site for Arlotta Stadium is east of the Joyce Center and southeast of the former Moose Krause Stadium (Notre Dame’s most recent home for lacrosse). The Krause Stadium area will be part of Notre Dame’s new football practice field complex (that construction began April 1).
Arlotta and his wife, Bobbie, pledged the lead gift toward the new lacrosse stadium that will be part of the University’s new athletics quadrangle. The Arlotta children — Mindy, Andy and Jon — also pledged an additional gift from The Arlotta Family Foundation toward the project.
The lacrosse project is part of the long-term athletics facilities master plan that ultimately will add new stadiums for lacrosse, soccer, track and field, and tennis, plus three relocated football practice fields (two of them artificial turf), all in the area east and southeast of the Joyce Center. The most recently completed facility is Melissa Cook Stadium, Notre Dame’s new softball facility that was dedicated last weekend. Also part of the master plan is a new rowing boathouse on the St. Joseph River.
Arlotta is a 1971 graduate of Notre Dame who majored in marketing with a minor in transportation management. He also was an Army ROTC graduate and is a retired captain in the U.S. Army Reserves. He and his wife, the former Bobbie Dooney, currently reside in Denver and Milwaukee and, in addition to their three children, have two grandchildren, Devin and Riley.
Arlotta is the former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Denver-based Coram Inc., a privately held provider of home infusion and specialty pharmacy services.
Prior to Coram, Arlotta served as chairman, president and CEO of NeighborCare Inc., a Baltimore-based public company. NeighborCare was in the business of providing pharmaceutical products and services to nursing homes. Arlotta joined NeighborCare in July 2003, and took the company public in December of that year. Shortly after going public, NeighborCare became the target of a hostile takeover attempt by its largest competitor, and the company was ultimately sold in July 2005.
Arlotta previously (1995-2000) was president and chief operating officer of Caremark Rx as well as the president of Caremark’s specialty biotech drug distribution business. Caremark was a publicly traded pharmacy benefit management company.
From 1986 to 1995, Arlotta was chairman, president and CEO of HealthCall Corp., a Milwaukee-based distributor of durable medical equipment and consumable medical supplies for home health care. He started his health care career in 1971 at Chicago-based Baxter International. In 15 years at Baxter, he held a variety of sales, marketing and general management positions. While at Baxter, he started one of the country’s first home-care companies, providing intravenous therapy to chronically ill patients. He is a recipient of the prestigious Baxter Distinguished Salesman Club Award.
Bobbie Arlotta, a Philadelphia native, is a former high school lacrosse and field hockey player. A University of Delaware graduate, she had a distinguished 18-year career in sales and marketing management at Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia.
Mindy (Arlotta) Nelson is a social worker and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her husband, Eric Nelson, is a police officer and a graduate of Ohio University. They have two children, Devin, 6, and Riley, 3, and reside in Cincinnati.
Andy Arlotta is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and currently is a national account manager with Managed Healthcare Associates. He is a former college wrestler who now lives in Orlando.
Jon Arlotta also is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and is a director of account services for CVS/Caremark. He is a former college football player who now resides in Philadelphia.
The Arlottas’ gift is a component of the $1.5 billion “Spirit of Notre Dame” capital campaign, the largest such endeavor in the history of Catholic higher education.
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