NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” Coming to Cincinnati
“American Ninja Warrior,” NBC’s hit reality show featuring top athletes tackling a challenging obstacle course, will bring its production to the streets of Cincinnati this May to stage a qualifying round for its upcoming season.
Film Cincinnati has been working with the “Ninja” production staff, city and county officials for months to find a suitable site for the obstacle course, which will be set up along Second Street from Race Street to Walnut Street downtown. Production is scheduled to last 10 days, from May 18-27, with the Cincinnati shoot featuring four hours of primetime exposure on NBC.
“We could not be more excited to have ‘American Ninja Warrior’ come to downtown Cincinnati and show off the city to the entire country,” said Kristen Schlotman, executive director of Film Cincinnati. “The show has such a tremendous following and we’re honored to have the ninjas and their fans come to town.”
“American Ninja Warrior is an incredible opportunity to showcase Cincinnati on primetime television” said Mayor John Cranley. “Their selection of our city gives strong testament to the resurgence of Cincinnati, the vibrancy of our people, and the economic opportunity we have worked to build together. I look forward to witnessing the impact this will bring downtown.”
“This is a spectacular addition to the fun happening in and around the ballpark this summer. The dynamic presence of American Ninja Warrior provides another exciting reason for our fans throughout Reds Country to extend their stay in Cincinnati,” said Reds President and Chief Operating Officer Phil Castellini. “Our city welcomes national phenomena such as this in ways that make even viewers at home feel our energy.”
Cincinnati is one of six cities chosen for this season’s qualifying rounds, with the finals to be held in Las Vegas. At previous stops around the country, the production is estimated to have a $7.5 million economic impact for the area. As many as 70 local crew members will be hired for the production.