Prior to the main event, the atmosphere in the city was already festive, with thousands of trainers strolling side by side through its pedestrian precincts and green areas. Players could be spotted from afar, dressed all over in Niantic- and Pokémon-merchandise with their chargers connecting smartphones and backpacks. The obviously common passion created a friendly and relaxed atmosphere in which people spontaneously started conversations and could forge cross-cultural friendships thanks to the new Friendlist feature of Pokémon GO. Some Pokemon can only be caught in specific parts of the world, which meant the new Trading Feature was also used a lot on these occasions. Trainers were not only able to add special Pokémon to their collection – the so-called Pokédex – but they also traded stories about how they caught these Pokémon in distant corners of the world.Early Saturday morning was the time to go to Westfalenpark in order to be among the first trainers to stroll over the numerous meadows, relax in one of the team lounges with about 900 seats each, go for a ride across the park in the ropeway, take pictures with Pikachu, enjoy diverse culinary treats, and, of course, expand their Pokédex. Not only Corsola, a Pokémon which usually only appears in tropical areas, spawned both in the park and the city of Dortmund this weekend, but also more Shiny Pokémon – rare alternative versions of regular Pokémon – than usual. Apart from that, trainers also had the chance to catch Unown in new shapes resembling the letters D-O-R-T-M-U-N-D to celebrate the event. Among this weekend’s highlights is the big group photo, which was taken at 12:00 PM both days at the picturesque Seebühne in Westfalenpark. Up to 10,000 cheering fans gathered there on Saturday and Sunday for unique pictures.
The Pokémon GO Safari Zone Dortmund marks the start of Pokémon GO Summer Tour, which includes two similar events. From July 14th to July 15th, Chicago will host Pokémon GO Fest 2018: A Walk in the Park and later this summer, another Safari Zone event will be held in Yokosuka, Japan.
Additional numbers and facts about Safari Zone, more photos and details about the upcoming Pokémon GO events can be found on the official Niantic blog.
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