WELCOME TO THE POKÉMON GO SAFARI ZONE INFOSITE.

On June 30 and July 1, 2018, the Westfalenpark as well as the whole city area in Dortmund
will be the meeting place for Pokémon GO trainers from all over europe.
Be there!


FAQ


General

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    What happens at the Pokémon GO Safari Zone Event?

    Information about the concept of Pokémon GO Safari Zone Events can be found here.


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    Who organizes the event?

    The Pokémon GO Safari Zone Event is hosted by Niantic, Inc. in partnership with the City of Dortmund.

     


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    Who is Niantic Inc.?

    Niantic, Inc. is an augmented reality technology developer, creating real-world mobile experiences that encourage fun, exploration, discovery, and social interaction. Originally part of Google, Niantic was founded in 2015 with investments from Google, The Pokémon Company and Nintendo. The immersive real-world mobile games Ingress and Pokémon GO are available on the App Store and Google Play. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is Niantic’s third game and is being developed with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. For information on Niantic visit our website.


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    What can I experience at the Pokémon GO Safari Zone Event in Dortmund?

    Information about the Pokémon GO Safari Zone Event can be found here.


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    When will the Pokémon GO Safari Zone Event in Dortmund take place?

    Saturday, 30 June 2018; 9:00-21:00
    Sunday, 1 July 2018; 9:00-18:00


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    Where does the Pokémon GO Safari Zone Event take place?

    The Pokémon GO Safari Zone Event takes place in Westfalenpark in Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany). In addition, special Pokémon will appear throughout the city.


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    Does participating in the event cost anything?

    No, participation is free.


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    Do I have to register for it?

    No, no registration is required.


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    Do I need a ticket to take part in the Pokémon GO Safari Zone Event in Dortmund?

    No, it is a ticketless event.


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    Why is the Pokémon GO Safari Zone Event taking place in Dortmund?

    The city of Dortmund is well known in and beyond Germany for its hospitality. For this reason, the city of Dortmund and the organiser Niantic, Inc. are working in close partnership to deliver this event. Westfalenpark, with the industrial heritage of the Ruhr region’s city as its backdrop, provides an ideal environment for a special Pokémon GO gaming experience.


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    How can I find more information about the event?

    Information about the Pokémon GO Safari Zone Event can be found here. You can also simply search for the hashtag #safarizonedortmund to get more information and to talk with other Trainers.


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    Which Pokémon will appear at the Pokémon GO Safari Zone Event in Dortmund?

    Information about the Pokémon GO Safari Zone Event concept can be found here.


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    Is there a fixed programme?

    No. You are warmly invited to plan your own day, so that you have a chance to explore the Westfalenpark and the city of Dortmund.
    In the Westfalenpark you can chat with your team trainers, have your photo taken with Pikachu, pick up a free give-away and much more – click this link for more information. We will do a group photo on the Buschmühle field at midday on both days – you are warmly invited to take part. Just come over.


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    Will the event still take place in bad weather (rain, storm, hail, snow)?

    The event will be held come rain or shine. Please dress suitably for the weather. No refunds or compensation will be paid if the weather is bad. In the event of extreme weather conditions, there will be information announcements over the PA system. Any instructions issued by security and service staff are to be followed at all times. The event regulations apply.



Eventlocation

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    Where exactly does the Pokémon GO Safari Zone Event take place?

    In Westfalenpark, the city of Dortmund’s green heart. More information can be found here


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    How do I get to Westfalenpark?

    Westfalenpark is close to the city centre as well as to the Westfalenhallen and Signal Iduna Park. The park is easy to reach on foot from the main train station. Look for the PokéStops with the “Pokémon GO Safari Zone” logo on the day of the event – these will show you the way to the park. Those arriving by car can park at one of the many carparks (subject to charges) around the park. For Sat Nav directions, please enter “An der Buschmühle 1, 44139 Dortmund” and follow the signs to the carparks or use Google Maps.


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    How big is Westfalenpark?

    With an area of 70 hectares, Westfalenpark is one of the largest inner-city parks in Europe and offers an exceptional environment for a great gaming experience with friends and family.


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    Where are the park’s entrances?

    Westfalenpark has a total of 7 entrances, all of which will of course be open on the day. The main entrances are the “Ruhrallee” and “Kaiserhain” entrances. A detailed overview can be found here (German language site).

    The “Ruhrallee” entrance is easy to reach with the U45 and U49 (“Westfalenpark” stop) metro line as well as from all carparks; the Kaiserhain entrance is particularly convenient for anyone walking in from the city centre.


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    Can I use any entrance?

    Yes.


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    Is there WI-FI in the park?

    A WI-FI network for playing Pokémon GO is available in selected areas of the Westfalenpark.

    To ensure everyone having the best gameplay experience possible, we kindly ask you to avoid using heavy data loading apps such as streaming services or else inside Westfalenpark. Many thanks for your understanding and cooperation. 


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    How good is the mobile network coverage in Westfalenpark?

    We work closely with the leading mobile network providers, Telekom, Vodafone and Telefónica to enable us to put on the Safari Zone Event. Extra network capacity and temporary mobile phone masts will be provided in and around the Westfalenpark to make sure your playing experience is as enjoyable as possible. In addition to this, an event-specific WI-FI network is set up in selected areas of the park.

    To ensure everyone having the best gameplay experience possible, we kindly ask you to avoid using heavy data loading apps such as streaming services or else inside Westfalenpark. Many thanks for your understanding and cooperation. 


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    Is the Pokémon GO Safari Zone event accessible to everyone?

    Yes, in principle everyone can participate. The organiser reserves the right to refuse entry and/or to remove anyone from the event.


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    Where can I find everything in the Westfalenpark?

    You can find a detailed map of the park here


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    What can I do if the park is full?

    If the Westfalenpark has to be closed to new visitors for a short time because it is too full, please use opportunities to play the game in the area around the park and elsewhere in the city. There are special game highlights and plenty of tourist attractions for you to enjoy in Dortmund this weekend. You can find an overview of the game area including local cultural highlights here.


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    Leaving and re-entering the event site

    All participants may leave and re-enter the event site at any time. You do not have to present access authorisation documents. If you re-enter the park, you can expect to undergo another body/bag search. Please note that re-entry is only possible if the participant capacity has not yet reached the maximum limit. Anyone breaching the event regulations will not be readmitted.


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    Is the Pokémon GO Safari Zone Event accessible to everyone?

    Yes, in principle everyone can participate. The organiser reserves the right to refuse entry and/or to remove anyone from the event. You will find details of the event regulations here.


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    Is the Westfalenpark also open to visitors who are not participating in the Pokémon GO Safari Zone Event?

    All visitors have free entry to the Westfalenpark on the day of the event. If the Westfalenpark has to be closed for a short time because of the number of visitors, people arriving at the park who are not attending Pokémon GO Safari Zone will not be allowed access either. The event regulations apply.



Dortmund

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    Where is Dortmund?

    Dortmund is located in the middle of the Ruhr metropolitan region in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, in the western part of Germany.

    The Ruhr Metropolis is cosmopolitan and cordial, just as befits a metropolitan city. Due to its proximity to many towns and cities, Dortmund is very well connected and easy to reach.


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    What language is spoken in Dortmund or during the event?

    The official language is German, but of course many other languages are spoken in this multicultural city. During the event, English will also be supported.


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    What else can I experience in Dortmund?

    Dortmund is a city full of variety. Look on the Dortmund city website for full details. You can find an overview of the playing area including local cultural highlights here.


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    What tourist attractions are there?

    The Dortmund U is a symbol of the city and an example of the successful structural changes that have taken place in this region over the past few decades. Furthermore there are many other highlights, such as the Phoenix Lake or the German Football Museum. You can find an overview of the playing area including local cultural highlights here.


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    Where else in Dortmund is good for playing Pokémon GO?

    You can find an overview of the playing area including local cultural highlights here.



Arrival & Accommodation

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    How do I get to Dortmund?

    Dortmund is easy to reach from all directions. Düsseldorf Airport can be reached in under 1 hour and Cologne/Bonn Airport in less than 1.5 hours. Berlin is only 3 hours away by train and Frankfurt is 2 hours from the city. Around Dortmund are more than 50 cities and districts that are part of the Ruhr Metropolis and have excellent transport links to Dortmund city centre.

    By car:

    Dortmund is surrounded by numerous motorways and is easily accessible from all directions.

    From the east: Coming from Kassel on the A44

    From the south: Via the A1 from Cologne, the A45 from Gießen or via the A3/A40 from Frankfurt

    From the west: Coming from the direction of Duisburg via the A40 or coming from Oberhausen via the A42.

    By aeroplane:

    Dortmund has its own airport.

    For participants arriving from further afield, transit through one of the following airports is recommended:

    Düsseldorf, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich

    There are direct Deutsche Bahn connections from all these airports to the venue in Dortmund.

    By train:

    The Dortmund central railway station is located in the middle of the city. From there, Westfalenpark can be reached either on foot or by public transport. You can easily reach all surrounding cities as well as any other destinations within Germany with the Deutsche Bahn.

    Information about travelling with Deutsche Bahn you can find here.

    Information about the station you can find here (German language site).


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    Where can I park?

    There are several thousand parking spaces around Westfalenpark, most of which are privately operated and therefore subject to charges. A detailed overview can be found here. (German language site).
    Arrival by public transport is recommended.

    Please note that camping and overnight stays are not permitted on the parking lots at the Westfalenpark.


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    Where can I stay for the night?

    There is a variety of hotels and other accommodation options in Dortmund and across the entire Ruhr Metropolis. For precise information and bookings please visit the usual booking portals. Besides, there are also campsites in and around Dortmund available. Please note that camping and overnight stays are not permitted on the parking lots at the Westfalenpark.

    The city of Dortmund is very easy to reach, and there are more than 10 other large cities with a wide range of accommodation within 1 hour of driving, such as Bochum, Essen, Duisburg, Wuppertal or Hagen.

    More informations about Dortmund you can find here.


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    How can I get around in Dortmund?

    In Dortmund, there is a well-developed public transport network. All information you can find here (German language site)

    Westfalenpark is best reached via the underground stations “Westfalenpark” or “Märkische Straße”.


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    How far is Westfalenpark from the main train station?

    Westfalenpark is less than 2 km from the main train station, and the park can be reached in about 30 minutes by foot.



SERVICE

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    Is there a service desk?

    Yes, there’s a Service Desk in every Team Lounge, where you can ask questions or share any concerns. They can help you with any problems too. You can find an overview of the Westfalenpark site here


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    Are there any Event Regulations?

    Yes. You can find them here.


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    What am I allowed to bring with me to the Westfalenpark?

    The following items are ALLOWED:

    Backpacks (Standard school-sized backpacks only (max. DIN A3). No frames or camping gear.)
    Binoculars
    Blankets, Sheets, Towels
    Cameras (basic point and shoot consumer-grade cameras)
    GoPro cameras without accessories
    Sealed sunscreen lotion (no aerosol containers)
    Empty hydration packs and water bottles (plastic or aluminum) Max size 0,3l.
    Pre-packaged food
    Water – you may bring factory sealed bottles of water (max. 0,3l) and refill them throughout the day at our free water filling stations
    Collapsible Umbrella
    Strollers
    The following items are PROHIBITED:

    Aerosol containers (including sunscreen and personal beauty products)
    Any and all professional audio recording equipment
    Any and all professional video and photo equipment
    Camera accessories, such as selfie sticks, tripods, monopods, go pro mounts and attachments, or other commercial equipment
    Drones or any other remote flying device
    Totems, Flags, Banners
    Coolers of any kind (exceptions may be made for medical use)
    Framed backpacks
    Hammocks
    Glass Containers
    Weapons or explosives of any kind (including firearms, pocket knives, pepper spray, fireworks, etc.)
    Illegal and Illicit substances of any kind
    Drugs or drug paraphernalia
    Alcohol of any kind
    Professional-grade radios or walkie-talkies
    Pets (except for service animals)
    Skateboards, scooters, bicycles, wagons, carts (including red wagons) or any personal motorized vehicles
    Tents, canopies, or shade structures of any kind
    Preparation or cooking of food onsite
    Please do not affix anything to the trees or shrubs
    Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors are not allowed. No unauthorized solicitation and materials including handbills, flyers, stickers, beach balls, give-aways, samples, etc.
    No chairs of any kind


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    Can I bring my own drinks?

    Yes, everyone can bring a container 0.3 l in volume, either a plastic bottle or TetraPack. Bringing alcoholic drinks is not permitted. The event organisers provide drinking water dispensers free of charge. Bringing refillable water bottles is recommended. The event regulations apply.


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    Can I bring my own food?

    Yes. There will also be plenty of outlets selling food and drink around the Westfalenpark.


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    Can I bring a backpack?

    Yes, although bags must not exceed the size of an A3 page. Your bags will be searched as you enter the park. The event regulations apply.


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    Is there food and drink on sale there?

    Yes, there will be plenty of outlets selling food and drink around the Westfalenpark.


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    Can I bring my dog?

    No animals or pets must be brought into the park during the event. The event regulations apply. Visitors who need assistance or therapy animals are asked to show appropriate ID as they enter the park.


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    Are there charging points for my phone?

    Yes, there are USB charging points at various locations around the Westfalenpark. You will find these both at the physical PokéStops and in the Team Lounges. As the number of charging points is limited, we recommend that you bring portable charging packs.


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    Are there lockers?

    No. If you need a locker, please use facilities such as the ones provided by Deutsche Bahn at the main railway station in Dortmund.



IN-GAME

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    Will I have any advantages because of my level?

    No. All participants will be treated equally.


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    What special highlights are there in the game?

    Information about the Pokémon GO Safari Zone Event concept can be found here.


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    Are there gyms and raid battles during the event?

    To offer all players in the Westfalenpark and its immediate surroundings the most enjoyable playing experience possible, there will be no raid battles in or near the park. Gyms and raid battles continue to be active in other parts of the city of Dortmund. You can find an overview of the playing area including local cultural highlights here


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    Will there be an event medal?

    No.



GIVE-AWAYS

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    Will there be give-aways during the event?

    Yes. All participants are given an exclusive give-away, which is available in the Team Lounges. Subject to availability.


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    How does the process for receiving give-aways work?

    The give-away is available from the Team Lounges. Give-aways are issued on both days throughout the event (Sat: 9.00 am to 9.00 pm, Sun: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm). Subject to availability.


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    What do I have to bring/show to receive my give-aways?

    Each trainer receives their own personal give-away. There is no need to register in advance. Subject to availability.



PRESS

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    Press enquiries

    Press enquiries should be addressed to niantic@marchsreiter.com