Posted on May 1st, 2018

The Pléiades 1 – SPOT 6/7 Stadium of the Month – Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park

Last month, we found ourselves at the site of a Florida-Florida State baseball game and in May we stick with the same theme with a look at the site of a Division 1 ball game in Lubbock, Texas, Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park on the campus of Texas Tech University.


A 50-cm color image of Dan Law Fied at Rip Griffin Park in Lubbock, Texas, USA collected on December 12, 2017 by Pléiades 1A; and then a 1.5-m SPOT 7 image of the same stadium even collected on the same day! These images have custom processing and color balancing applied by Apollo Mapping. PLEIADES © CNES 2018, Distribution Airbus DS. SPOT © Airbus DS 2018.

Name & Its Origin: In 2011, the board of regents of Texas Tech approved a plan to change the name of the current baseball stadium, Dan Law Field, to Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park to honor one of their donors, Rip Griffin. From 1988 to 2011, the stadium was known simply as Dan Law Field to honor an influential football and baseball player for the university, Dan Law, who was also instrumental in fundraising for the park before it was built.

Location: Located on the northern edge of Texas Tech’s campus, Dan Law Field calls Lubbock, Texas home. Some 475 miles (764 kilometers) from the banks of the Gulf of Mexico, Lubbock is in the northern hill country of Texas putting this stadium at about 3,220 feet (981 meters) above sea level.

Stadium Capacity/Size, Architect & Build Date: While baseball was first played at Tech Texas starting in 1926, it is unclear what stadium they played in. Starting in 1988, the team definitely played its games at Dan Law Field as the yearly home records attest to here. The baseball stadium has undergone several major rounds of improvements, including one in 2002 and then a very well documented round in 2011-2012. The seating capacity at Dan Law Field is currently listed at 4,432.

Type of Field Surface: Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park features a FieldTurf artificial playing surface that was installed in 2007, replacing the old Astro-Turf 8.

Key Sports Teams: Like other baseball stadiums we have looked at, Dan Law Field is home to the men’s baseball team of the Texas Tech University Red Raiders.

Most Popular Yearly Event: Again there were few details on what goes on at Dan Law Field during the off-season but it does appear that they at a minimum use the stadium for concerts, for example Trent McClellan on May 15th.

Fun Factoids: (1) On May 8th, Dan Law Field will host a matchup between once Top 25 ranked Dallas Baptist University and the Red Raiders. (2) Dan Law Field has hosted the NCAA D1 Baseball Regionals four times, in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2016. (3) The average home attendance in 2015 was 3,666, ranking it at 13th in the nation.

The Pléiades 1 High-Resolution Satellite Constellation

The Pléiades 1 constellation (or at least part of it!) has been in orbit since December 2011 and if you have not had a chance to check out any sample imagery, take a few moments and have a look at the gallery on our website. If you work with high-resolution imagery, you should consider Pléiades 1 for your next geospatial project.

A variety of Pléiades 1 products are available from both a growing archive and as a new collection, including 50-centimeter (cm) pansharpened imagery and 50-cm panchromatic – 2-meter (m) 4-band multispectral bundles. We are happy to discuss the technical specifications, pricing and tasking options available with this satellite constellation.

The SPOT Medium-Resolution Satellite Constellation

The SPOT medium-resolution constellation consist of seven satellites launched from 1986 to 2014 with the most recent additions, SPOT 6 and SPOT 7, launching in 2012 and 2014 respectively. SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 are twin satellites offering 1.5-m panchromatic and 6-m 4-band multispectral data with a massive footprint at 60-kilometers (km) wide. For projects requiring recent archive coverage or rapid new collections of medium-resolution data, SPOT 6/7 should be one of your top imagery sources!

More sample images and technical information about Pléiades 1A and 1B can be found on our website here; while the same can be found here for the SPOT constellation and specifically about SPOT 6/7.

The Apollo Mapping sales team can answer any questions you might have about Pléiades 1 and/or any of the SPOT satellites. We can be reached at (303) 993-3863 or sales@apollomapping.com.

 

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