Memorial Stadium welcomes thousands of Pokemon Go players

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Memorial Stadium played host to more than 3,700 Pokemon Go players Thursday, giving thousands the chance to catch 'em all.

The official Huskers Twitter account said a total of 3,708 trainers showed up to catch Pokemon.

The stadium gates were open from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. allowing players to walk around the field and use the popular new app.

If you're unfamiliar with "Pokemon Go" it's an augmented reality game that lets you capture virtual Pokemon in the real world. You travel to different places in real life to catch them all -- on your phone.

It's sweeping Lincoln and the country by storm. The app has been downloaded on millions of smartphones since debuting last week.

And Nintendo shares are surging, all because of the popularity of the new app. On Monday shares jumped nearly 25 percent. Nintendo owns a third of the company that owns Pokemon.

There's even a Twitter handle (@PokemonNebraska) dedicated to PokemonGO in the state. It appears it was created sometime this week.

UNL is also jumped on board encouraging players to come to campus to look for Pokemon. "Looking for #Pokemon? C/O the @quiltstudy, there are plenty + the world's largest quilt collection! #PokemonGo #UNL"

The university and the athletic department aren't the only ones taking advantage of the Pokemon craze. Nebraska Game and Parks is encouraging people to tweet them pictures, "Find a live creature you don't recognize while playing #PokemonGo? Tweet us a pic and we'll help you identify it."