Posted on June 5th, 2018

The Pléiades 1 – SPOT 6/7 Stadium of the Month – Hayward Field

In May, we checked out the site of an NCAA baseball game in Texas and we stick with the college theme but move to the Pacific Northwest with a look at the site of the 2018 Division 1 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon, for this The Pléiades 1 – SPOT 6/7 Stadium of the Month.


A 50-cm color image of Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, USA collected on December 6, 2017 by Pléiades 1B; and then a 1.5-m SPOT 7 image of the same stadium collected on October 28, 2017. 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: Hayward Field is named after the 44 year coach of the University of Oregon track and field team, Bill Hayward, who coached from 1904 to 1947.

Location: Located on the southeast side of the University of Oregon’s campus in Eugene, Hayward Field is just a half mile (0.8 kilometers) from the banks of the Willamette River. The track and field stadium is some 445 feet above sea level and is about 53 miles (85 kilometers) from the Pacific Ocean.

Stadium Capacity/Size, Architect & Build Date: Originally opened as a football stadium in 1919, Hayward Field added a 6-lane 440-yard long track in 1921 for just $10,000, thereby ushering in the era of track and field events. In 1970, the football team moved into Autzen Stadium meaning that Hayward Field became an exclusive venue for track and field; then in 1980, the track was converted to a 400-meter oval. There is also a two-year major renovation planned that will start during the summer of 2018 and in the end will take the seating capacity to 12,900 (from 10,500 now) with room for up to 30,000 fans.

Type of Field Surface: Hayward Field features an Olympic caliber track surface installed by Beynon Sports, the BSS 2000, which is a combination of rubber and polyurethane.

Key Sports Teams: The University of Oregon men’s and women’s track and field teams call Hayward Field home.

Most Popular Yearly Event: After checking out multiple ticketing websites, it appears that Hayward Field is currently only used for track and field meets and championship events.

Fun Factoids: (1) In 1969, Hayward Field hosted the Eugene Pop Festival where the Doors played a short set of just 4 songs to approximately 5,000 fans. (2) If you have seen the movie, Animal House, then you have also seen Hayward Field as it had a cameo in the popular John Belushi movie. (3) The first Nike shoe every made for sale was created in 1974 with a waffle iron in the basement of Hayward Field by Coach Bill Bowerman and track athlete Phil Knight.

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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