Posted on June 8th, 2021

The Pléiades 1 – SPOT 6/7 Stadium of the Month – Petco Park

In May we checked out one of the most historic stadiums in Major League Baseball (MLB), and for this edition of the Pléiades 1SPOT 6/7 Stadium of the Month we move to the West Coast with a focus on a stadium hosting a mid-season rivalry game, Petco Park in San Diego, California.


A 50-cm color image of Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA collected on December 20, 2020 by Pléiades 1B; and then a 1.5-m SPOT 6 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 2021, Distribution Airbus DS. SPOT © Airbus DS 2021.

About the Stadium: Home of the MLB’s San Diego Padres, Petco Park is located in downtown San Diego just a long homerun from the Pacific Ocean. Plans to replace the Padres original ballpark, Jack Murphy Stadium, were announced in 1996 by then President Larry Lucchino who was also instrumental in opening Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. San Diego voters approved plans for the stadium in 1998 and the $411 million stadium opened its doors in 2004 after a two-year construction delay. Petco has owned the naming rights to the stadium since 2003 and renewed them this year through at least 2027 for a reported $3 million or more per year. At some 42,000 seats for fans, Petco Park features a Bandera Bermuda natural grass playing surface though with the ongoing COVID crisis here in the USA, only 33% of these seats will be filled for home games.

Fun Factoids: (1) With recent acquisitions and player development by the Padres, the National League West team has grown into a powerhouse that is challenging the long-standing dominance of the Los Angeles Dodgers in this division. Further, as Los Angeles and San Diego are a short drive from one another, recent Padres-Dodgers series have emerged as one of baseball’s best rivalries; and on June 21st, 22nd and 23rd the rivalry is continued at Petco Park! (2) The two-year construction delay on Petco Park mentioned above was the result of a legal battle over the Western Metal Supply Company building which was designated a local historic landmark. The two sides came an agreement when the Padres decided to incorporate the old building into the façade of Petco Park. (3) Petco Park is one of the hardest stadiums to score runs in, ranking just 25th out of 32 major league stadiums with regards to its ESPN Park Factor. (4) Despite opening Petco Park in 2004 which resulted in a temporary attendance spike, in general attendance at Padres games has declined significantly through the 2000’s and 2010’s with a slight uptick in recent years as the team has improved its Win-Loss percentage.

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 [email protected].

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