Posted on July 7th, 2020

The Pléiades 1 – SPOT 6/7 Stadium of the Month – Red Bull Arena

In May we took a peak at a stadium in one of the world’s few active sports league, and for this edition of the Pléiades 1SPOT 6/7 Stadium of the Month we travel to Europe and to the first football league that opened for play with a look at Red Bull Arena in Leipzig, Germany.


A 50-cm color image of Red Bull Arena in Leipzig, Germany collected on June 9, 2019 by Pléiades 1B; and then a 1.5-m SPOT 6 image of the same stadium collected on April 23, 2020. These images have custom processing and color balancing applied by Apollo Mapping. PLEIADES © CNES 2020, Distribution Airbus DS. SPOT © Airbus DS 2020.

About the Venue: Red Bull Arena is located to the west of downtown Leipzig, Germany along the shores of the human-created river that runs north-south through the town, the Elsterbecken. While Red Bull Arena can trace its roots back to 2004, sports have been played at this location since at least 1867 with a massive 100,000 seat stadium, the Zentralstadion, occupying the space since 1956 – which was built from rubble following the devastation of the city in World War II. In 1997, after Zentralstadion fell into disrepair over the years, the city of Leipzig funded the construction of a new 44,000-seat modern football (soccer for us Americans) stadium in the same location at the cost of 90 million Euros. In 2010, Red Bull purchased the naming rights to the stadium and formed the new Bundesliga football club, RB Leipzig, who joined the top division of the league in 2016. Through the years, Red Bull Arena has seen a variety of improvements with the latest round set to bring the seating capacity to 48,000 seats at the cost of 50 million Euros.

Fun Factoids: (1) On June 20th, Red Bull Arena hosted a match between the now second and third place Bundesliga teams, RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund. In their brief history of matches, Dortmund has a 3 – 2 – 2 (wins – loses – draws) record against the hometown team and as we will see likely until there is a vaccine for COVID-19, the June 20th matchup was played in front of empty stands. (2) Apparently the record attendance for a match at this location occurred in September 1956 when Oberliga foes, Rotation Leipzig and Lokomotive Leipzig, took the field in front of 100,000 fans. Oberliga is the fifth tier football league in Germany. (3) Apparently Red Bull Arena hosts more than just Bundesliga matches with shows by Coldplay in 2012 and 2017, Depeche Mode in 2013 and AC/DC in 2016, to name a few.

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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