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By Stan Gibson  |  Posted 2005-03-01 Print this article Print

IT front"> For Curley, who joined the Patriots six years ago, the new stadium was a godsend and a challenge. The godsend part was the design of the new stadium, which included an up-to-date data center as well as Gigabit Ethernet connections to every workstation.

"We formerly had one IDF [intermediate distribution frame] cabling rack, and now we have 29," said Curley.
The challenging part was getting everything up and running in two weeks for the opening of soccer season in May 2002. Curley and staff made it happen.

As with many IT pros, Curley considers that she has done her job when nothing unusual happens. But when youre with the Patriots, there are surprises—after the Patriots first two Super Bowl championships, Curley was the proud recipient of ornate Super Bowl rings. And diamond-studded jewelry isnt all. Four years ago, Curly accompanied the Patriots to the White House to visit President Bush.

Read more here about wireless providers courting sports and entertainment partnerships. Another thrilling moment occurred a few weeks ago, when Curley had a window seat in one of the Duck Boats that escorted the Patriots through the streets of Boston in the teams victory parade.

"It was fabulous," Curley said. "Its a vantage point I had never had and probably never will have again. I could look up many stories and see people toasting champagne—at that hour in the morning."

Pat Curleys Team At Kraft Group headquarters in Foxboro, Mass. 3 senior developers 1 WAN manager 2 network administrators 2 full-time help desk staff 2 telephony and events staff 1 student from Northeastern University 2 IT staff for International Forest Products, in Foxboro 4 IT staff at headquarters of Rand-Whitney Group, in Worcester, Mass. 2 IT staff at Rand-Whitney Container Board, in Montville, Conn. Applications that keep Kraft Group operating smoothly
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Microsoft Great Plains financials
  • Onyx (heavily customized)
  • Event Pro, for running events
  • Premier retail system
  • Tangent, from Venue1, for food and beverage concessions
  • Ticketmaster
  • Northeast Data Vault—outsourcer of online pro shop Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on IT management from CIO Insight.

    Stan Gibson is Executive Editor of eWEEK. In addition to taking part in Ziff Davis eSeminars and taking charge of special editorial projects, his columns and editorials appear regularly in both the print and online editions of eWEEK. He is chairman of eWEEK's Editorial Board, which received the 1999 Jesse H. Neal Award of the American Business Press. In ten years at eWEEK, Gibson has served eWEEK (formerly PC Week) as Executive Editor/eBiz Strategies, Deputy News Editor, Networking Editor, Assignment Editor and Department Editor. His Webcast program, 'Take Down,' appeared on He has appeared on many radio and television programs including TechTV, CNBC, PBS, WBZ-Boston, WEVD New York and New England Cable News. Gibson has appeared as keynoter at many conferences, including CAMP Expo, Society for Information Management, and the Technology Managers Forum. A 19-year veteran covering information technology, he was previously News Editor at Communications Week and was Software Editor and Systems Editor at Computerworld.

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