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Ninja Warrior took a gamble in Seattle/Tacoma and it paid off

We’re pretty sure the new setup was a hit.

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American Ninja Warrior filmed indoors for the first time over the weekend of May 11 and 12 in Tacoma, Washington. It was definitely an experiment. But we’re going to go out on a limb and say it was an experiment that worked out well. Our impression was that everyone, Ninjas, crew, and audience, enjoyed the opportunity to experience the course without the concerns of weather or timing things against daylight.

We’re very excited for you to see the Seattle/Tacoma Qualifiers and City Finals that were created over those two days. They won’t air until later in the summer, so in the meantime, here’s a little look at what Tacoma had to offer.

The location in general was NOT a bummer.

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Like, really, really not sad to look at.

Before she ran the course, Meagan Martin got a big boost of confidence from this big endorsement from the show.

Matt Iseman was one of the first people to give us a look at the inside of the Tacoma Dome. Holy moly, did it look good.

Akbar gave us a tour of the facility as he scootered around the huge dome to save to some energy.

So the looks and location were on point, but that’s not the heart of American Ninja Warrior. Tacoma also delivered on the heart that the show craves.

Ninjas will be Ninjas, indoors or outside.

Overall, we think the Ninjas and the crew gave the location a big thumbs up.

The next, and last, qualifying location for season 11 is Cincinnati. We’re not saying the bar has been set pretty high, but we’re not NOT saying that either. We’ll see you soon, Cincinnati Ninjas!