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Let’s dissect the details of the season 13 announcement

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We have some small tidbits to chew on, and we’re going to do it!

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We finally have some confirmed news about season 13 of American Ninja Warrior. So let’s chew on it until we have more to discuss!

Yesterday, we were able to announce two of season 13’s filming locations.

The first stop will be Tacoma, WA, returning to the Tacoma Dome. (The show filmed there back in season 11 as well.) The details are still vague, but it’s important to take note of the language that was used to discuss this location.

“Round one of the competition will be held in Tacoma, Washington, the week of March 26.”

“Season 13’s format will have all the competitors begin their journey in this location.”

Notice the difference in language there compared to previous years. We’re not currently referring to what happens in Tacoma as the “Qualifiers.” It’s “Round One.” In past years, the Ninjas have traveled to various Qualifying locations across the country. For season 13, the first round of competition will take place in this one spot. All the Ninjas selected for the season will start in Washington.

Could that mean something? Are we reading too much into this? We don’t know just yet!

So what happens after Tacoma? We’re still waiting on confirmation of that. But what we do know is that the show will end its filming season in Las Vegas.

We were also able to announce that the National Finals are back!

Season 12 was unable to travel due to the pandemic. That meant that instead of the four stages of the National Finals that we’re used to seeing, we had the top eight Ninjas compete in the Power Tower playoffs. It was exciting but different. Season 13 will bring back the Las Vegas National Finals and the $1 million prize.

We don’t have confirmation on the number of episodes in the season just yet. Remember that this is an Olympic year which, in the past, has generally interrupted the broadcast season for a week or two.

There is one last thing from yesterday’s announcement that we want to call your attention to. The pandemic is ongoing. The show will still have safety protocols in place. That means there will be NO walk-on line or lottery this season. Don’t drive to Tacoma. There’s no chance of getting on the show if you weren’t invited.

In addition, there is no general live viewing audience. Don’t drive to Las Vegas. There’s no chance of watching the action. Besides, you’ll have a much better view when the show airs on your TV.

What do you think of what we know so far? Any predictions regarding the details we don’t know just yet? Are you excited? Let us know!