Score another coup for Kansas City’s historic Union Station as they teamed with the Kansas City Film and Media office, producers of the TV series, American Ninja Warrior to announce on March 10 that on April 17 and 18 American Ninja Warrior will be filmed outside of Union Station.
Just last week, Union Station announced the NFL’s upcoming exhibit: Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to open in the Station’s exhibition hall, opening May 23. With the current exhibit Extreme Bugs ending soon, the American Nina Warrior filming slated for April, and the NFL exhibit in May, Union Station continues to attract locals and visitors to the historic face of Kansas City.
Kansas City was chosen as one of five cities for regional tryouts for season seven of American Ninja Warrior. The episodes will be taped on April 17 and 18 at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri. Currently, the KC Film and Media office posts jobs for local technical and crew staff to work the setup for the event. Check their website for information. The Kansas City episodes allow Kansas City to have four hours of time on the series that premieres this summer on NBC and has encore presentations on the Esquire Network, a spokesman for KC Film said. To see a short video of American Ninja Warrior, click here.
“After scouting all over the country, we landed on five cities from each region,” A. Smith and Company Productions executive producer said. “We selected Kansas City for a few reasons: it’s a popular destination for people of all ages, features an ideal visual landscape, and because of its central location, we were able to draw amazing athletes all the way from Colorado to Ohio and Minnesota to Mississippi. Of course, the food is excellent, as well. I would be remiss not to add the Kansas City has some of the best barbecue in the country.”
“I am ecstatic about the work that is being done by our new film office, under the supervision of Stephane Scupham, in partnership with Visit KC,” Kansas City Mayor Sly James said. “Major production houses find our ease of permitting, our talented local workforce, and our state of the art facilities to be a breath of fresh air. This is yet another win for Kansas City and another opportunity for us to show our city on the national stage.”
The Kansas City episodes will tape at Union Station. American Ninja Warrior scouted several locations within Kansas City before selecting the historic landmark, Scupham said. Union Station was pleased to be chosen as the host site with an opportunity to gain national exposure.
“We are thrilled that American Ninja Warrior chose Union Station as their location for Kansas City,” George Gaustello, president and CEO, Union Station, said. “Union Station is often considered the front porch of our entire community. We are delighted to show off our historic and iconic train station to the millions of viewers who will be watching at home.”
Officials the the announcement expressed pleasure and anticipation because Kansas City and Union Station would be seen in four hours of the season 7. Further, such exposure could spur millions of dollars to the city’s economy with hotel and restaurants benefiting with the crews, show competitors, families and visitors associated or viewing the show.
Expect to see a variety of contestants from men from all aspects of life in America which include school teachers, firemen, current and former members of the military, amateur sports enthusiasts, and even Olympic gold medalists, a spokesman for American Ninja Warrior said. The American series is based on a global hit from the Tokyo broadcasting system that is now in its 31 season, where only three contestants have completed the Japanese course.
The ultimate winner of American Ninja Warrior receives the title as well as a $500,000 grand prize. Other regional qualifying rounds and finals are planned in Houston, Orlando, Pittsburgh, and Venice, California. To qualify for a spot in the national finals, competitors must successfully compete in the finals course in their respective cities. If successful in the regional competition competitors move on to the finals in Las Vegas, Nevada.