Kansas City Royals: Pokemon Go Takes Over Baseball

Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports /

The Pokemon Go craze has hit local baseball stadiums near you. The adventure game took up shop at Kauffman Stadium a few days ago.

Kansas City Royals Vice President of Communications, Toby Cook, noticed Pokemon Go players around “the K”. The game has taken over the world in recent weeks and doesn’t look to be letting go anytime soon.

If you plan on going to a Kansas City Royals game this season, there a few things you might want to know before running into (possibly literally) a Pokemon Go player.

The game is available on smart phones. To play it, one must download the application from the “app store” on their phone. Once inside the game, the player must go into the real world to catch Pokemon in the wild.

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Kansas City Royals, Kauffman Stadium, recently opened its doors as a Pokemon Go hub a few days ago. Pokemon Go players can now come to “the K” to do a multitude of things besides watching baseball. Trainers can catch Pokemon, grab items at PokeStops and participate in gym battles.

Catching Pokemon is pretty easy. The player walks around for a few minutes until a Pokemon appears on their screen. He/She must throw a virtual Pokeball at the character in hopes of catching it.

PokeStops are a little different. PokeStops are real world monuments. The fan must interact with the monument by spinning a picture of it on their phone to receive items. The items vary from Pokeballs, revives, potions, super potions, Razz Berries and/or eggs.

Here’s what a PokeStop looks like on the screen thanks to the Kansas City Royals Twitter account.

“The K” also has a gym where players can battle and test their Pokemon’s strength. The gym colors range from, blue, red and yellow. Each color represents different teams. Yellow for Team Instinct, blue for Team Mystic and red for Team Valor.

The player can battle opposing gyms in hopes of overtaking it for their own team or fight their teams gym to help strengthen the Pokemon and gym itself.

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The eggs are the most interesting part of the game. The player must incubate the eggs. The eggs have dedicated numbers, 2K, 5K and 10K. K is for kilometers, meaning the player must walk or drive below 15 mile per hour to activate the sensor on the phone to start the incubation period.

This forces Pokemon Go players to get out of the house and off of the couch. It gives the person exercise they might not have gotten other wise. The goal of Pokemon Go is to “catch ’em all”. The player attempts to find 250 Pokemon. In the near future the game will add more Pokemon to find.

The addition of Pokemon Go may enhance the causal fan even more. Instead of watching the game, they might be caring about catching Pokemon around the stadium. This could cause a problem for fans sitting close to the action. It may even cause a player to wonder into on coming traffic as well.

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Pokemon Go has its benefits but it also can be side tracking. Look out for those who aren’t paying attention due to the video game. Also don’t yell out a rare Pokemon’s name for fun. It might cause an unwanted mob with the end result of many people being trampled on. Safety first people.