Memo to Mother Nature: Kansas City doesn’t need rain and lightning to get in the way of taping “American Ninja Warrior” Friday night at Union Station.
Producers decided Thursday night to move up Friday taping by a couple of hours because of concerns about the weather forecast, which calls for periodic thunderstorms starting Friday afternoon.
The show is now hoping to send the first contestant through the course around 7 p.m.
Friday night’s first audience wasn’t expected until 8 p.m., with taping starting around 9, but that group has been notified to arrive at 6 p.m., a producer said.
“Ninja Warrior” production is shut down when lightning is reported within 5 miles.
The show’s crew is hoping either that the rain holds off or that there are lots of long pauses between rain showers. If it does rain, the course and pads have be dried out between ninjas so “it’s safe and everyone has the same advantages when running,” the producer said.
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