American Ninja Warrior will be back for Season 13 in 2021! The producers of American Ninja Warrior have opened up casting for Season 13, providing our best indication yet the season will return. Season 12 looked very different than a normal season – with an 8 episodes run, with an all new format. There was qualifiers (a 6 obstacle course), a Semi-Finals (featuring 10 obstacles), and then a finals, which will be a 10 obstacle course + Power Tower playoff bracket. At this point it is not known if Season 13 in 2021 will return to it’s regular format of touring 4-5 cities with a finals in Vegas, or if they will be forced to use 2020’s format again.

Looking for info on the most recent season the finished airing (Season 12 in 2020)? You can find it here.

Filming Locations & Dates of American Ninja Warrior Season 13 2021

The dates and taping locations for ANW 2021 are:

  • Qualifiers – Tacoma (Seattle), Washington: Week of March 26: Tacoma Dome
  • Semifinals – Los Angeles, California: April: Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Las Vegas, Nevada – National Finals: Early June & Venue TBA

We know that all competitors will start in Seattle for Season 13 of ANW. All ninjas selected will compete in Seattles in the the 6 obstacle qualifying course. Ninjas who advance past qualifiers will then travel to Los Angeles, California in April to compete in a semi-finals course there. Those who advance past the semi-finals will then travel to Vegas for the traditional National Finals 4-stage course there.

Ninjas Selected to Compete on American Ninja Warrior Season 13 2021

Calls began to go out at the end of January to invite ninjas to compete. You can find the list here.

Age Requirements for Season 13 of American Ninja Warrior in 2021

The first several seasons of the show the age limit was 21 & up. The past few seasons it expanded to allow ages 18 & up. For Season 13 of American Ninja Warrior, the competitors will include teenagers between the ages of 15 – 18 as well! Those teenagers will compete in the normal / full course just like the adult competitors.

American Ninja Warrior Family Competition

The tapings this year will also include a new family competition. Each family will be a team of 3, with at least one teenager between 15 & 19 years old. They will take on a 6 obstacle course, where each family will attempt 2 obstacles. The top families will then compete on The Power Tower.

Casting & Qualifying to compete on American Ninja Warrior (ANW) Season 13 in 2021

Casting for Season 13 of American Ninja Warrior opened on November 22nd, 2020.  The deadline to apply for Season 13 was December 14th, 2020!!  You could submit an application to be on the show here. Taping dates begin in March 2021 with exact locations still TBD. It is not yet clear if taping will also take place in April & May. 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 13, 2021

In a normal year, you can apply for free tickets to view tapings of the show. Unfortunately, due to extra safety precautions, Season 13 of American Ninja Warrior in 2021 will not have a live audience – so there will be no way to get tickets.

Normally, 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 13 tickets here. The website will update at some point in 2021 with when to expect tickets to be available.