FORT MYERS, Fla. — Fly balls won’t be the only thing being caught at Hammond Stadium on Wednesday.
The Fort Myers Miracle are holding Pokemon Go Night that evening, inviting devotees of the suddenly popular video game app that urges players to “catch ’em all” to the ballpark, where they’ll be able to roam safely for an hour before the game and a half hour afterward in search of virtual monsters.
The team said it will employ “Pokeguards” to keep gamers safe. The distracting app released on July 6 has led to troublesome news, leading two men in California to wander off a cliff. Others have hurt themselves while playing the video game, and it was used by alleged robbers in Missouri to lure players into a trap.
But the team is stressing the safety of its event, as well as themed concession options that include Rice Crispy Pokéballs, a Snorlax Burger, a Charizard Blackened Chicken Sandwich and the Charmander Chicken Philly. Gates open at 6 p.m. in advance of the 7:05 p.m. first pitch.
General admission tickets are available at a discounted price to anyone with the Pokemon Go app loaded on their mobile device. For more information, call the Miracle offices at (239) 768-4210 or visit www.miraclebaseball.com.