- Montreal will soon play host to North America's first-ever Pokémon GO Safari Zone. Too bad the Pokémon Pop-Up bar won't be here yet.
- Tens of thousands of tickets have already been sold for the international event.
- Players will be let loose in Parc Jean-Drapeau to catch new and rare Pokémon as part of the event.
There has been some massive hype for North America's first Pokémon GO Safari Zone taking place in none other than our fine Montreal. But you had to be pretty fast to pick up a ticket. The event was sold out in less than 12 hours.
According to SlashGear, Pokémon GO Safari Zone tickets went on sale yesterday at 9:30 AM EST and were sold out by 11 PM EST.
Early Access tickets sold for $23.83 (including all fees and taxes) and the General Admission tickets went for $19.09. Players with tickets will be able to connect to their Pokémon GO accounts and take on the physical challenge of finding rare Pokémon.
The event takes place from September 20-22 on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve where users will spend the day hiking through Parc Jean-Drapeau. The event will be gated so unfortunately, you do need to show your ticket to take part. No spectators for this one.
But not to worry! If you didn't grab your tickets in time, or couldn't make it to Canada there will be worldwide Field Research events that will take place at the same time.
While people in Montreal will be able to capture more rare speed-centric Pokémon, users worldwide will see increased spawns of Pokémon that aren't usually in their region.
The @pokemongoapp Instagram account is already gearing up for the huge event by releasing limited-time teasers and prep-events (my god, there's homework?). This past week they revealed a star constellation and if you're able to connect the dots, you might turn up one of the characters (the dots revealed a very rare Jirachi).
There are other events leading up to Montreal's Safari Zone. On August 23, the Water Festival event will go live for one full week. So if you're near water you might be lucky enough to find more water-based Pokémon like Magikarp, Wartortle, Poliwhirl, Seaking, Lapras, and Qwilfish to name a few.
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These events bring fans from around the world together. The first Asian Pokémon Go Fest held earlier in the month in Yokohama, Japan saw over 150,000 attendees over the week-long event. And they claim that 24 million Pokémon were captured.
With Montreal's turn just around the corner, we will have a lot riding on being able to pull off such an anticipated event especially being the first city in Canada to host a Safari Zone. But if there's one thing Montreal excels at, it is any kind of festival.
Organizers guestimate that the event will bring tens of thousands of fans to Montreal. Who knew a Pokémon GO event could bring this much interest to our city?
In exactly a month, our fair city will welcome the thousands of Pokémon GO players as they run around chasing rare Pokémon all over Parc Jean-Drapeau.
So, be prepared. You have been warned.