American Ninja Warrior will be back for Season 12 in the fall of 2020! The producers got a jump on casting for 2020, as they opened casting applications before Season 11 finished airing!  It’s still early in the process, so we are waiting on final confirmation on the cities for taping locations, and the exact number of episodes to be included.  Season 11 saw the introduction of the Power Tower and with it the safety and speed passes, tweaks to the Mega Wall rules, and the crowning of another American Ninja Warrior – the first in several years.   We expect the first episodes of season 12 to begin airing towards the end of May 2020, with episodes airing throughout the summer.  We’ll continue to update this page as we learn more about the newest season!

Confirmed Season 12 of American Ninja Warrior to air in Fall of 2020

As we detail below, the original filming & airing schedule for American Ninja Warrior Season 12 got delayed. However, in July of 2020, rumors started appearing of 150 or so ninjas descending on St. Louis, Missouri the week of July 13-20th for an indoor taping in The Dome at America’s Center. It turns out those rumors were true. At the end of July, one of the production teams shared their contributions towards helping making a safe condensed socially distanced season happen – and also sharing a few set pictures and confirming that filming had wrapped before the end of July!.

Season 12 American Ninja Warrior Airing Dates

Airing dates are still TBA. We expect them to start airing sometime in the mid-August to mid-September 2020 timeframe.

Ninjas Selected to Compete on American Ninja Warrior Season 12 2020

Unfortunately, given the condensed timeframe to film, all the 600+ ninjas originally selected to compete for Season 12 weren’t invited to take part in the special filming sessions. We’ll be providing a list of ninjas to look for during the Season 12 season soon.

Updated Tapings Locations & Dates of American Ninja Warrior Season 12 2020

The dates and filming locations for ANW 2020 are:

  • St. Louis, Missouri: The Dome at America’s Center – Taping July 14 – 26


Original Season 12 Taping & Casting Information

Season 12 Filming (& Airing) Delays due to Global Pandemic

The day before filming was supposed to take place in Los Angeles, producers announced that filming would be postponed as a safety precaution. The next week, they also announced production would be delayed for the filming of DC. St. Louis filming was delayed on March 20th. This page will be updated with new dates & locations as they are announced. The dates & locations shown below are the original ones announced, before filming delays. At this point it isn’t known if the delays will impact the dates the show will air on NBC. However, as the final delay was announced on March 20th, source as NBC reported they still planned to have a Season 12 of American Ninja Warrior, they just didn’t know when.

Original Tapings Locations & Dates of American Ninja Warrior Season 12 2020

The dates and filming locations for ANW 2020 are:

  • Los Angeles, California: Postponed (Originally March 13 – 14: Universal Studios Backlot)
  • Washington, D.C.: Postponed (Originally April 6 – 7: DC Armory)
  • Washington, D.C.: Postponed (Originally April 11 – 12: DC Armory)
  • St. Louis, Missouri: Postponed (Originally May 5 – 6: The Dome at America’s Center)
  • St. Louis, Missouri: Postponed (Originally May 10 – 11: The Dome at America’s Center)
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: Early June & Venue TBA

As you can see above, there are some changes this year! Rather than taping in 6 unique cities like last year (Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Baltimore, Seattle/Tacoma, and Cincinnati), filming will only take place in 3 cities. However, for the first time ever, multiple regionals will be filmed at the same location (over 2 different weekends). Building out the trial with stadiums from last year, most of the filming will also take place indoors, and during the day.

Original Ninjas Selected to Compete on American Ninja Warrior Season 12 2020

The first casting calls for Season 12 of American Ninja Warrior started to go out on February 3rd, 2020. We have an updated list of ninjas competing on American Ninja Warrior Season 12 in 2020 for each region as calls out, so click into each city below to see will be in each region (if a city isn’t clickable yet calls haven’t begun for that city).

Casting & Qualifying to compete on American Ninja Warrior (ANW) Season 12 in 2020

Casting for Season 12 of American Ninja Warrior opened in early September, 2019.  The deadline to apply for Season 12 is December 6th, 2019!!.  You can submit an application to be on the show here. Taping dates should be in March, April or May of 2020, with exact locations still TBD. The application requires several page of details, and a submission video. See our tips for creating a ANW submission video here.

Attending & Getting free tickets for taping of an episode of ANW Season 12, 2020

A few weeks before each episode films, the production company will post a link where you can sign up for tickets. They are usually free, you just have to sign up quickly to get a spot! You can join the waitlist for season 12 tickets here. The website currently expects tickets for taping of season 12 to become available in the middle of February 2020.