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American Ninja Warrior is Back in Indy

After a positive reception in Indy in 2016, the show and the Circle City are hoping to make 2018 even better.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Do you love American Ninja Warrior? You have a chance to see it live this weekend in Indianapolis!

'Ninja Warrior' will film an episode on Monument Circle on Sunday and Monday, marking the show's second trip to Indianapolis since 2016.

Teresa Sabatine, the Commissioner of Film Indy, has worked with local non-profits to sell tickets for the event and says she's excited to have the show back. 

"We kept talking and checking in with them and saying, 'Hey Indianapolis still loves you. We'd love to have you back.' The stars aligned and we're really excited," Sabatine said. 

In 2016, American Ninja Warrior made the City of Indianapolis over $1 million in economic revenue and brought over 2,000 spectators. Those numbers could improve this year, given the positive feedback of the show the first time. 

"It was met with just so much cooperation and grace. They had a lot of energy around that success. One thing Indianapolis can offer as a Super Bowl city and a sport city is that we know how to get big things done. Plus, we're really friendly. They had a great time, so we kept the conversation going," Sabatine said. 

The event also brought big TV ratings to NBC.

"Many people did watch it. We were one of the #1 rated episodes of that TV show in 2016 when they were here," Sabatine said. 

If you plan on traveling into downtown this week, just know that the north side of Monument Circle between Meridian and Market streets will be closed Monday, April 23 through at least Monday, April 30.

The crews plan on being out of the city by May 2. 

"American Ninja Warrior" follows competitors as they tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses in both city qualifying and city finals rounds across the country.

Those that successfully complete the finals course in their designated region move on to the national finals where they face a four-stage course modeled after the famed Mt. Midoriyama course in Japan. 

The winner will take home a grand prize of $1 million.  

(PHOTO: Chris Davis/Emmis) 

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