American Ninja Warrior setting up shop in Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA CITY - More than 100 ninjas will be tackling challenging obstacle courses in front of the Oklahoma State Capitol this weekend.

The popular NBC show sets the competition in different locations around the country, and Oklahoma City was chosen for this season.

Contestants auditioned for the show on Sunday, where the capitol will serve as the show's backdrop.

“We still fight that perception of being a small town, you know, and, so, any chance we get to highlight the Oklahoma City, the real Oklahoma City that we know, we’ve got to jump on it,” said Sen. David Holt.

Holt was instrumental in bringing the show here as well as the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“It’s very Oklahoma, the whole Land Run idea, you know. You just gotta make it, you just gotta get through,” said Sue Hollenbeck with the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau.

And, the crews setting up the course are getting another taste of Oklahoma - our weather in May.

The crew was tasked with learning an evacuation plan in the event of a tornado on Saturday, which is when the sirens blared for testing.

“We just had this talk and, no kidding, a minute later, that went off. And, you never saw people jump and look panicked so much in your life,” said Sean Fitzgibbons, one of the show's producers.

If you’re interested in trying to get tickets to the Friday and Saturday night tapings, you may be put on a waitlist.

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