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Merkur Arena (vormals UPC Arena)

 Traditional cache at the "Merkur Arena" stadium

von aj-gps     Österreich > Südösterreich > Graz

N 47° 02.813' E 015° 27.200' (WGS84)

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 Größe: mikro
Status: kann gesucht werden
 Zeitaufwand: 0:05 h 
 Versteckt am: 22. April 2008
 Gelistet seit: 01. Mai 2008
 Letzte Änderung: 05. Mai 2016
 Listing: http://opencaching.de/OC594E
Auch gelistet auf: geocaching.com 

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UPC Arena

Basic information
Merkur Arena is a soccer stadium located in Graz-Liebenau for 15.400 people in 27 sectors with a field size of 105x68 meters which is equipped with an undersoil heating system. The stadium was constructed out of 14.000 cubic meters of concrete and 1.250 tons of steel with a 11.000 square meter roof that weights 650 tons. The stadium is the home of the clubs "SK Sturm Graz" and "GAK" ("Grazer Athletiksport-Klub").
Right next to the stadium is the hockey rink "Eisstadion Graz-Liebenau", home of the ice hockey club "Graz 99ers", and a skating hall with a roof which houses a 1.410 square meter solar plant. This plant used to be the biggest solar project in Austria from its opening in 2002 to 2006.

History
In 1951 the soccer stadium "Bundesstadion Liebenau" was opened on the area which used to contain sports facilities of the Steyr Daimler Puch enterprise. The first game took place on July 9th 1951: Styrian soccer association vs Sunderland AFC. On September 10th 1970 the first game of the Austrian national team in Graz (0:1 against Yugoslavia) took place.
In December 1994 it was determined that the old stadium won't be renovated but a new stadium built instead. Construction began January 1995 and ended with an opening ceremony on July 9th 1997 with a game of Grazer AK (GAK) vs. Sturm Graz (0:4). This new "Arnold Schwarzenegger-Stadion Graz-Liebenau" stadium was named after the famous bodybuilder, actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger who was born in Thal near Graz.
In December 2005 discussions started as Arnold Schwarzenegger in his role as Governor of California refused a petition for mercy of death-row inmate Stanley Williams. Williams was executed on December 13th 2005 after being sentenced to death for four cases of murder which he disclaimed. While in prison he was nominated 9 times for the Nobel prize for authoring books intended to help disenfranchised youth. Because of these discussions Schwarzenegger officially demanded that the city of Graz stops using his name, especially for advertisements. Because of this his name was removed from the stadium in the night of December 26th 2005. The letters "Stadion Graz-Liebenau" remained in place. After this event Graz started to look for sponsors for the stadium. On February 18th 2006 the new name of the stadium was presented to the public: "UPC Arena"
UPC UPC Telekabel won the sponsoring competition against other companies such as Therme Loipersdorf, TOMS and T-Mobile with a sum of more than 150.000 euro per year on a 10 year contract.
UPC ("United Pan-Europe Communications"), a provider of Internet-, TV- and telephony-services in Austria, is a subsidiary of Liberty Global and part of the UPC Broadband division. UPC provides services to about 10 million customers in European countries such as Austria, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Ireland, Romania, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, Slovak Republic and Slovenia.
Even though their new logo was already made public in most of these countries this did not happen yet in Austria, which is why the stadium is still carying the old three-colored UPC logo.
Update April 2009: The logo has recently been replaced and the stadium now also carries the "new" UPC logo.
Update May 2016: "Merkur Versicherung" recently acquired the rights of naming the stadium so the arena was renamed to "Merkur Arena" in April 2016.
Approach
The area can be reached by public transport with tram line #4 to "Stadion Liebenau". By bike it's reachable via "Conrad-von-Hötzendorf-Straße" (take care!) or by following the R2 "Murradweg" until "Puchsteg", then turn east. If you come by car and don't want to look for free parking lots you can use the 600-car-garage below the stadium.

Cache
I'm not really proud of the hiding place, but I didn't find a better place which isn't even more ugly than the current place, filled with piles of trash, in plain view right in front of various shops or located in not so socially acceptable areas.
You are looking for a black film canister.

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Logeinträge für Merkur Arena (vormals UPC Arena)    gefunden 27x nicht gefunden 0x Hinweis 0x

gefunden 30. November 2014 run-cache-run hat den Geocache gefunden

Hier habe ich doch eine Weile gesucht bzw. konnte ich nicht in Ruhe suchen, da ein Taxifahrer mich beobachten konnte. Irgendwann habe ich ihn dann doch gefunden Lächelnd War nicht sehr angenehm dort.

TFTC!

gefunden 02. Juli 2014, 22:50 yeahgod hat den Geocache gefunden

Endlich gefunden.
TFTC mfg.yeahgod

gefunden 29. April 2013 Robert80 hat den Geocache gefunden

kurzer stopp. schneller fund. TFTC #541

gefunden 28. Februar 2013 kjuv hat den Geocache gefunden

Beim ersten Versuch aufgrund der Schneemassen keine Chance gehabt, heute dann fix entdeckt.

TFTC!

gefunden 16. Februar 2011 Skorzak hat den Geocache gefunden

Als GC gefunden, als GC (hoffentlich dankenswerterweise) nacheloggt.

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Der zweite auf der Grazer Runde. Zuerst ein wenig herumgeirrt, dann noch einmal das Listing angeschaut - Sekundenfund. Die Taxler sind mit anderem beschäftigt.
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