Teesside IT company Cornerstone Business Solutions has strengthened its relationship with flagship client Middlesbrough FC by undertaking a major contract at the Riverside Stadium.
Cornerstone, which is on track to report £2m turnover, fitted the Premier League ground with a full fibre backbone while fully re-cabling the stadium, including installations in the refurbished media facilities, corporate suites, office locations and kitchens.
The company also spent the summer upgrading Boro’s leased line connectivity to increase the Riverside’s broadband speeds.
In its role as Middlesbrough FC’s official technology partner, Cornerstone has catered for the club’s IT requirements at both the Riverside and the Rockliffe Park training ground in Hurworth, near Darlington, for the last nine years.
The two-way partnership means the IT firm also sponsors the club’s Family Zone within the stadium’s East Stand.
Chris Petty, Cornerstone managing director, said: “It was a significant project to carry out against the clock but a magnificent one that we were all delighted to be part of, too.
“As a proud Teesside company, who better than Middlesbrough FC to have as our flagship customer?”
Fellow director John Storey, who spent a large part of his summer at the Riverside overseeing the detailed installations and cabling, added: “We worked our socks off during football’s close season to bring the football club’s cabling, internet speeds and IT infrastructure up to the demanding Premier League standards.
“We’re proud to be carrying out such an essential role for our local football club at such a momentous time in their history. Our IT role supports not only all operations at the Riverside Stadium but also Aitor Karanka’s coaching staff and the academy infrastructure at Rockliffe Park.”
Pictured (L-R): Cornerstone directors John Storey and Chris Petty with Middlesbrough FC’s chief operating officer Mark Ellis