Published On: Thu, Jul 14th, 2016

PokeMania Hits Boca Raton

Since the game came out last Friday, Pokemon Go has been the most downloaded game in both the App Store and Google Play Store, making the game a must have this summer.

Boca Raton has its fair share of “Pokestops”, a section of the game in which the players earn items like pokeballs, and incense to draw Pokemon closer.

With the popularity of the famous gaming franchise back at an all-time high, Boca Raton Police Chief, Dan Alexander took to his blog to warn people to stay aware of their surroundings.

Pokémon GO looks like fun and anything that gets us moving around has at least some redeeming value,” said Chief Alexander on his blog post.

Just the next day Boca Raton Police send out a release of their first Pokemon Go related incident. A male in his twenties was walking around 2:00 a.m. with a couple of friends to hunt for the wild Pokemon near NE 2nd Street when a black Escalade slowed down and threw fireworks at him and his friends.

According to Boca Police, no one as injured.

“Be careful where you’re going. Be careful not to good lured into a situation or circumstance that may be dangerous by virtue of chasing down a Pokemon,” Alexander said.

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens posted on their facebook page on Saturday morning that the gardens was a “hotbed” for wild Pokemon.

The post was shared more than 1,200 times and according to museum officials, attendance on Sunday spiked 25 percent.

Other companies, like Rhino Doughnuts in Boca Raton, also used the game to their advantage. The doughnut shop posted a picture of a Pokemon in the store this weekend, encouraging people to buy a doughnut and a catch a Pokemon.

As far as we know, FAU is one of the best locations in Boca Raton to not only catch wild Pokemon, but also is filled with pokestop, and four gyms where you train and battle your Pokemon. Below are some of the many pokestops at FAU:

  • Bamboo garden in front of the Student Union
  • Baseball stadium
  • Tennis courts
  • The Burrow
  • Sean Stein statue outside of the College of Business building
  • Martin F. and Jane Greenberg Tower at the FAU Stadium
  • S.E. Wimberly Library
  • Arts and Letters building
  • Heritage Park Reflection Garden
  • Traditions Plaza
  • FAU Clock

Around FAU there are also some great gyms, with the one at J.A. Alexanders, and George Snow Park being two of the most-popular spots.

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