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Posted on October 4th, 2016

The Pléiades 1 Stadium of the Month – Eagle Stadium

From a modern French dome, we jump back across the Atlantic with a stop at one of America’s sports oddities, Eagle Stadium in Allen Texas, for this Pléiades 1 (High School???) Stadium of the Month.

A 50-cm color image of Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas collected on October 20, 2015 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.

Name & Its Origin: Allen High School in Allen, Texas is home of the Eagles so they appropriately named Eagle Stadium after their mascot.

Location: Allen, Texas is a northeast suburb of Dallas, Texas, located about 20 miles outside of the major metropolitan. Eagle Stadium is located across a set of large parking lots from Allen High School at about 650 feet above sea level.

Stadium Capacity/Size, Architect & Build Date: In 2009, the voters of Allen, Texas decided that their “old” 14,000-seat stadium built in 1976 was just not big enough. So they approved the construction of a $60-million 18,000 seat replacement stadium that opened in 2012. In 2014, significant structural issues were discovered and repaired by Pogue Construction and PBK at the tune of some $10 million. The stadium reopened 15 months later after the repairs were completed.

Type of Field Surface: Eagle Stadium features a synthetic turf field installed by Matrix Turf.

Key Sports Teams: Based on the pictures we have seen of Eagle Stadium, it looks like only home football games are played there. Further, Allen High School has a variety of smaller fields that could host athletics such as soccer and track. There is a driving range for golf below the home stands and then a wrestling practice area inside the stadium’s locker room.

Most Popular Yearly Event: It is obvious that football is the number one sport for Allen, Texas and is the focus of Eagle Stadium. In fact, the stadium opens its parking lots at 3pm for tailgating – at our high schools, hardly anyone went to the home games!

Fun Factoids: (1) Eagle Stadium features a 75 foot x 45 foot scoreboard. (2) At 18,000 seats, Eagle Stadium is only the fifth largest high school stadium in Texas! (3) The stadium sits on 72-acres and has some 5,034 parking spots. (4) There is a three-story press box at Eagle Stadium and an 11,000 square foot plus weight room for all Allen High School athletics.

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.

Working with Pléiades 1 since the launch of the first twin satellite, P1A, we have noticed that:

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The Apollo Mapping sales team can answer any questions you might have about the high resolution satellite constellation, Pléiades 1. We can be reached anytime at (303) 993-3863 or

More sample images and technical information about Pléiades 1A and 1B can be found on our website here.

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