Columbus Crew SC fan Jerry Legend with Pokemon scarf

I know what you're thinking when you see that main photo up there -- what is the deal with that scarf? How did this genius fan, get it in time for Wednesday night, when Columbus Crew SC dropped Pokemon Go lures around MAPFRE Stadium for their home match against Toronto FC?


As it turns out, this scarf already existed -- Jerry Legend, as he's known around Crew SC fan circles, snagged it from a Nintendo World store in New York. The fact that the black-and-yellow, checkerboard look was already a thing in Pokemon merch made this event a perfect pop-culture marriage.


It looks like minor-league baseball team the Durham Bulls proved to be the first pro sports team to host a Pokemon Go night at a game, even allowing fans onto the field to try to catch 'em. After that record set, though, it seems as though Crew SC might be the first pro soccer team to host a Pokemon night, specifically dropping lures around the tailgate area and the stadium itself. (MLS fans around the league, though, started catching intruding Pokemon during last weekend's game action.)

Anyways, here are some pics from the scene. While fans were catching Pokemon, their team managed to catch a point at home, with a 1-1 draw.

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