The Sacramento Kings opened up their court to more than just basketballs. Jenice Tupolo The Sacramento Bee
The Sacramento Kings opened up their court to more than just basketballs. Jenice Tupolo The Sacramento Bee

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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.

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“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