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Durham Bulls helping Pokemon fans catch them all

The Rays affiliate decided to capitalize on the overwhelming popular of the mobile app.

The Durham Bulls, the triple A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, are used to helping baseball players realize their dreams. The team will now do the same for aspiring Pokemasters, helping them be the very best by opening their ballpark for the sole use of the new app, Pokemon Go.

The Durham Bulls Athletic Park will open on Tuesday from 11 am to 1 pm and with a five dollar donation, Pokemon Go users can explore all the nooks and crannies of the park in search of finding Pikachu in the dugout or a Charizard in the outfield. The proceeds will go to Second Chance Pet Adoptions, a no-kill animal rescue organization based in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Bulls General Manager Mike Birling, in a statement on the team's site, said the team realized the popularity after a home stand but noticed some Pokemon were uncatchable because they appeared on the field of play.

"With the team on the road for two weeks though, we thought this would be a perfect time to allow fans to catch the previously unattainable characters," Birling said.

The team's mascot, Wool E. Bull, showed its excitement to join the fun.

https://twitter.com/WoolEBull/status/752304393261817856

The app has garnered users from young to old, harnessing Pokemon fans' nostalgia from their childhood to create the digital juggernaut Pokemon Go has become in such a short amount of time. But the app hasn't just made news for the amount of users.

A woman in Wyoming found a dead body playing the game and it has presented safety concerns, including drivers being distracted because they were playing while driving.

Safety shouldn't be an issue Tuesday, as the app users replace ball players in the confines of the diamond if only for a day.


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