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Taping of “American Ninja Warrior” Episodes Will Mean Street Closures

When San Antonio hosts episodes of the action-packed “American Ninja Warrior” series later this month, it will swing a valuable spotlight on the city – especially around Dolorosa Street in front of the Bexar County Courthouse. That’s where filming will take place, and it will have an immediate and noticeable impact.

  Please note that Dolorosa Street (from N. Flores to S. St. Mary’s streets) and Main Plaza Avenue (from Dolorosa to Villita streets) will be closed between March 20-29, when the show is in San Antonio.

  The closures will result in a major pay-off, however: With two two-hour episodes on NBC-TV set to take place with San Antonio as a backdrop, it will mean 6.9 million viewers for each episode and a total of $57 million in earned media value. The local economic impact is projected to be $3.5 million in the 10 days of the production. There will be an average of 18 local film crew members hired each day.

  San Antonio is one of the locations for the second round of the 9-year-old Ninja Warrior series, which includes competing on several grueling obstacle courses and culminates each year with the four-stage Mount Midoriyama challenge. The “warrior” who survives the Midoriyama final will take home a grand prize of $1 million. In San Antonio, competitors will actually take on a course in front of the Courthouse at Main Plaza on March 26 and 27.

  Among the San Antonio-area competitors expected to compete are longtime fan favorite Brent Steffensen and Kacy Catanzaro. The show will be telecast beginning in June, with San Antonio’s broadcast dates to be announced. For more information about what’s on tap, visit: http://www.getcreativesanantonio.com/Film-Commission/American-Ninja-Warrior.