NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” is coming to Cincinnati this spring.
Going into its 11th season, the series will make a stop in the Queen City on May 24-25.
It will be filmed downtown along Second Street, near the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Host Akbar Gbaja-Biamila said he’s excited to bring the hit show to Cincinnati for the first time.
“This is going to be the first time that we have ever been to Cincinnati. We’re excited about this. This is the BUCKeye State for a reason,” Gbaja-Biamila said.
And he’s bringing an all-star cast of ninjas with him.
Crowd favorites — Brandon Mears and Dan Polizzi — will all be competing, as well as Ohio’s own Michelle Warnky.
For the most part, the cast of ninjas competing in Cincinnati has already been selected. But there are still several opportunities for Cincinnati-area ninjas to make themselves known.
There’s room for several additional competitors. But those wannabe ninjas have to wait in the walk-on line.
Joining the walk-on line will be a rather ambitious feat.
“You’ve got to be patient. If you want to join the walk-on line and come out here to be a ninja, that’s all you have to do. Get up early – maybe a month early – and get in that walk-on line,” Gbaja-Biamila said.
Gbaja-Biamila said that, in other cities, people have joined the walk-on line more than 30 days in advance. The location for the walk-on line will be released as the event nears.
It’s quite the event when “American Ninja Warrior” comes to town. There will be several family-friendly activities each night as the series films.
“Cincinnati, we’re expecting a huge crowd out there. There’s no excuses for the Cincinnati ninjas,” Gbaja-Biamila said.
Free tickets for the event will be made available here. If you plan on attending the filming, plan on a late night. Filming is expected to take place from 9 p.m. through 2 a.m. daily.
The Cincinnati qualifying round is expected to air at some point during the show’s run on NBC, throughout the summer of 2019.
The action-packed series follows competitors as they tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses in qualifying and finals rounds in cities across the country.
The top competitors from each city move onto the national finals round in Las Vegas, where they compete for $1 million.
“American Ninja Warrior” will also makes stops in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Seattle and — of course — the final in Las Vegas.