Venues continue to open doors to Pokémon players

Sports venues across the world are continuing to capitalise on the success of Pokémon Go by holding open events for players of the hit smartphone game.

The game, which officially launched earlier this month, challenges gamers to capture the virtual creatures through the GPS system and camera fitted on their mobile devices. Different creatures spawn depending on the user’s location.

North American Minor League Baseball team the Durham Bulls earlier this month welcomed players of the game to its home ballpark, and raised $3,000 for a local pet adoption charity in the process.

The latest venues to get in on the action over the weekend include Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia, and McCoy Stadium in Rhode Island, US.

The 88,000-capacity Bung Karno Stadium, which is used to stage football matches, is said to be a hotspot for Pokémon. McCoy Stadium, home of Minor League Baseball outfit the Pawtucket Red Sox, staged its event yesterday (Sunday) following the team’s most recent league fixture.

Last week, Memorial Stadium in Nebraska, US also hosted an open event that attracted almost 4,000 people.

At one point yesterday an estimated 47m people worldwide were said to be using the Pokémon Go. According to SurveyMonkey, it has already become the biggest mobile game in US history in terms of daily active users.

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