Pokémon Go takes over Sleep Train Arena

The Sacramento Kings opened up their court to more than just basketballs.
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Kings host ‘Pokémon Go’ meet up at Sleep Train Arena

By Jenice Tupolo

jtupolo@sacbee.com

July 17, 2016 01:53 PM

The Sacramento Kings opened up their court to more than just basketballs. On Friday, Sacramento residents swarmed Sleep Train Arena and surrounding areas in search of Pokémon.

Nine-year-old Jamar Lee was in attendance with his older sister and mother when he spotted a Pidgey on the court. “I really want to catch as many Pokémon as I can. I’m having a great time,” he said.

The NBA team is the first to host a “Pokémon Go” meet up, which lasted from 4 to 8 p.m. Hundreds of people traveled in herds to visit the two Pokéstops outside of the arena.

Groups in attendance ranged from families, middle schoolers and crowds of 20- to 40-somethings.

“Me and my wife were mid-teenagers when Pokémon was really big. I wanted to download it and see what it was,” said Mike Maryman, a Natomas resident. “We heard about the event and thought, ‘When else could I get on this court?’ 

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Jenice Tupolo: 916-321-1673, @JayTupolo