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Pokémon Go players get free access to Sleep Train Arena

Doduo, a Pokemon, is found by a group of Pokemon Go players.The "Pokemon Go" craze has sent legions of players hiking around cities and battling with "pocket monsters" on their smartphones.
Doduo, a Pokemon, is found by a group of Pokemon Go players.The "Pokemon Go" craze has sent legions of players hiking around cities and battling with "pocket monsters" on their smartphones. AP

The Sacramento Kings will allow “Pokémon Go” players to explore Sleep Train Arena from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.

The Kings are the first NBA franchise to plan an event revolving around the popular new augmented reality cell phone game, according to the team’s website. According to the team’s Facebook page, 494 people are going with another 936 who are interested in the event. The team’s website said that “nearly the entire arena” will be made open for those in attendance.

According to the Kings’ website, there are two Pokéstops at the arena, along with a “gym” near the box office. There will be complimentary parking for all attendees.

Besides the Kings’ event, other “Pokémon Go” centered events are scheduled in the coming days. On Friday afternoon, the Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Natomas will be hosting an event called “Get Pop Cultured: Pokémon,” where attendees can take pictures with Pokémon standups and “learn how to become a Pokémon champion,” according to the store’s events website.

The California State Fair will host “PokéMonday” on Monday, touting its various Pokéstops and “gyms” on the fairgrounds. The fair will have a multi-round Pokémon card tournament from noon to 4 p.m. that day and activate “Lure Modules” in the game.

A “Pokémon Go” pub crawl throughout Sacramento has also been planned on Facebook on July 23-24. The Facebook event says 1,800 people are going with another 6,300 people interested in the event.

Thomas Oide: 916-321-1009, @thomasoide

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