AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR -- "Daytona Beach Qualifier" -- Pictured: Josh Butler -- (Photo by: Myron Luzniak/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Photo: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Photo: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

‘American Ninja Warrior’ closing part of downtown Cincinnati to film episode this weekend

The popular obstacle course competition series will shoot in six cities this season, including downtown Cincinnati.

Filming in Cincinnati is expected to take place from 9 p.m. through 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday along Second Street, near the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, according to NBC.

Free audience seats are available here.

The Cincinnati qualifying round of the show, which was renewed for an eighth season, is expected to air at some point during American Ninja Warrior’s run on NBC throughout this summer.


The series follows competitors as they tackle challenging obstacle courses in city qualifying and finals rounds throughout the country. Top competitors in each of the city finals rounds move onto the national finals, where they compete on a four-stage course that includes multiple obstacles on each stage.

The winner, who must complete all four stages, including the final 75-foot rope climb, will take home a grand prize of $1 million.

In addition, the ninja to go the farthest on the national finals course wins $100,000. Last season’s inaugural “last ninja standing” was “American Ninja Warrior” veteran Drew Drechsel. Drechsel has competed on eight seasons of the show to date and recently served as the captain for Team USA on the show’s annual “USA Vs. the World” telecast.

Other cities that will host the show this season include Los Angeles (Universal Studios backlot), Atlanta (The Home Depot Backyard at Mercedes Benz Stadium), Oklahoma City (State Capitol Building) and Baltimore (Rash Field), along with its inaugural trip to the Pacific Northwest and its first time shooting indoors at Washington’s iconic Tacoma Dome.

The show’s national finals will once again take place in Las Vegas.


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