An adult-size jungle gym with grown-up challenges and few safety features will go up in the front parking lot at Union Station.
On Friday and Saturday nights, adult “kids” who think they have the right stuff will do their best to get through the super-tough Cliffhanger obstacles as TV cameras roll for the filming of “American Ninja Warrior.” It will bring a new type of excitement, entertainment and crowd to downtown Kansas City to watch the spectacle.
A fenced-off, similar set was constructed last year near Union Station in St. Louis. I couldn’t make out what it was. But someone nearly half my age knew immediately that it was for NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior.”
About 125 persons on Friday night in Kansas City will compete to be among the 30 contestants on Saturday night, The Kansas City Star reports. About 15 survivors from the shows in Kansas City will go to the finals in Las Vegas.
The grand prize people are trying to get has been increased from $500,000 to $1 million.
Kansas City will be one of five cities this season, where people will compete. But just the thought of seeing young adults making their way through the obstacle course, taxing their upper-body strength, speed, balance and agility — some getting violently tossed around as they miss connections — makes me groan with the pain they must feel.
The top prize, however, makes it seem like a worthy endeavor. The suspense, athleticism and thrills should excite and please the crowd that is expected to gather to cheer on contestants in Kansas City.
And when it is over, the spectators can dine and drink in the downtown area and talk about their favorite contestants. The cash registers of area businesses will love that attention.