Posted on November 1st, 2016

The Pléiades 1 Stadium of the Month – Yas Marina Circuit

From a giant high school football stadium, we move across the Atlantic Ocean with a stop at our second racetrack, Yas Marina Circuit, for this Pléiades 1 Stadium of the Month.

Name & Its Origin: Yas Marina Circuit is located on Yas Island in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which must be the source of its name.

A 50-cm color image of Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE collected on April 9, 2016 by Pléiades 1B. To see this stadium in SPOT 6/7 1.5-meter resolution, check out this month’s feature on SPOTMaps. This image has custom processing and color balancing applied by Apollo Mapping. © CNES 2016, Distribution Airbus Defense and Space / Spot Image S.A., France, all rights reserved.

Location: Yas Island is a human-made feature located in the ultra-modern UAE city, Abu Dhabi. Yas Marina Circuit is 10 or so miles from the coast of the Persian Gulf at nearly sea level.

Stadium Capacity/Size, Architect & Build Date: Completed in 2009 by German architects and builders, Tilke, Yas Marina Circuit has five grandstand areas that seat a combined 41,000 plus fans. The modern facility is reportedly the most expensive Formula 1 (F1) track ever built with a price tag of about $1.32 billion.

Type of Field Surface: As this is an F1 race track, it features a black asphalt surface which was installed by Bickhardt. Some 462,840,000 pounds of asphalt where used to construct the track which has been called very smooth by some drivers.

Key Sports Teams: Given that this a racetrack, F1 racing is the main focus of Yas Marina Circuit.

Most Popular Yearly Event: The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is the last F1 race of the year and is held in November. This year, it will run from November 25th to the 27th and most of the tickets are already sold for the event. Besides F1 racing, the track is used weekly by runners to train and there are also regular foot races. Yas Marina Circuit rents out its indoor facilities for meetings, weddings and more.

Fun Factoids: (1) Yas Marina Circuit features the largest outdoor lighting system at a sports facility and was the first track to feature a nighttime F1 race. (2) The track at Yas Marina Circuit is 5.5 kilometers (km) (or 3.4 miles) long with 21 turns. The top F1 speed possible is 317 km/h (or 197 miles per hour). (3) German racer, Sebastian Vettel, has won 3 of the 5 F1 races held here since the track opened. Will he win it again this year?!

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