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The National Finals are coming to life and there are photos to prove it

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It’s a relief to actually see the show returning to its hallowed ground.

American Ninja Warrior - season 11 Photo by: David Becker/NBC

When season 12 of American Ninja Warrior was put on pause in March of 2020, we didn’t know what to expect. The months crawled on and we waited for any sign that things might improve and we might get a season.

We were overjoyed when the show filmed an amended season 12 in the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis. But the lack of a National Finals was a bit sad. Those Vegas lights and the final four stages of the competition are ingrained in the show’s history and nature.

When season 13 was announced, it was a great feeling. The show would be heading back to both Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Now, both the Qualifiers and the Semifinals are in the bag. That means the National Finals are next.

Vegas local Jim Schaeffer took to Twitter to post the evidence. There’s something beautiful about seeing it actually happening. The team is on the ground. Pools are being dug. Truss is going up. Maybe we’re starting to put this tough period of time behind us.

The Ninjas will arrive in short order. The show will record the season 13 National Finals later this month. We’ll get to see what happens when season 13 debuts on May 31, at 8 pm on NBC.