Hundreds of Pokémon Players Expected in Downtown Mobile Tuesday for Special Event


MOBILE, AL (WKRG) — PokéMania is about to take over downtown Mobile.

Pokemon Go is now the most popular mobile game in U.S. history, according to new data from SurveyMonkey. (AP file)

A Facebook event for “Pokémon Go” players called “Light It up with Lures: Dauphin Street” is scheduled for downtown Mobile on Tuesday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. With more than 800 players listed as attending and 1,100 people “interested” in going, well over a thousand Pokémon Go players could be heading to Dauphin Street on Tuesday evening.

  • WHO: Pokémon Go Players
  • WHAT: Special Event to bring players together in Mobile
  • WHEN: Tuesday July 26 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • WHERE: Dauphin Street (mostly between Joachim St. and Jackson St.)
  • WHY: To catch Pokémon alongside fellow enthusiasts of the game

The event and its name is based on a game feature called “Lure Modules,” which attract players to particular “Pokéstops” for an increased chance of catching Pokémon.  The idea is to bring players together in one place to catch Pokémon together and chat about the game.

There are dozens of Pokéstops in the downtown area, many of them on Dauphin Street, making it an ideal location for such an event. In the last couple of weeks, Pokémon Go players have been out and about in downtown Mobile, usually seen walking with phone-in-hand to catch the digital creatures.

“Pokemon Go has recently taken the world by storm; getting people out of the house, having people socialize with one another in ways other than text messages, allowing everyone to ignore the wars that are raging around them,” wrote event organizer Blake Johns in the event description.

“With this happening I would like to take the opportunity to attempt to bring our community together in a first ever “Light It up with Lures” event.”

In addition to using lures to catch Pokémon on Dauphin Street, players are expected to battle for gyms, which are geo-locations where Pokémon can fight for supremacy.  The gyms are based on your selected team, and the rivalry is known to be quite combative between Teams Valor, Mystic and Instinct.

“Leave your teams in the car, this event is a friendly event for community bonding and growing please,” Johns wrote.

News 5’s J.B. Biunno will have coverage of the event on Tuesday, plus an interesting look at how one of Mobile’s most visited parks has been transformed into a Pokémon hotspot.

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