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Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest guide

Everything you need to know about the gut-busting Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island, New York

Photograph: Courtesy Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs

Hold on to your guts—Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2017 is upon us! We can all agree that there’s nothing better than going to a baseball game or one of the best NYC parks for a cookout and eating one-too-many hot dogs, right? Well, the glutinous act has reached the big leagues in New York, as over 40,000 tune-in during Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island, NY. During the competition—which just celebrated its 100th anniversary last year—Frankfurter-eating legends race the clock and chow down on as many Nathan’s Famous dogs and buns they can swallow in ten minutes. It’s certainly one of the most beloved traditions and best NYC events in July, so here’s everything you need to know about watching and entering the competition. Trust us, you won’t want to miss a single bite.

What is Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest?

Okay, you might question the amount of athleticism needed to swallow a bunch of wieners, but Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is one of the most unique sporting competitions in the world—you can even watch the race live on ESPN! Folks will gather to watch the top female and male eaters try to swallow as many Franks as possible within ten minutes. The prize (apart from a free meal)? Eternal glory, a big shiny trophy and a bejeweled Mustard belt.

When is Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest?

The race of legends goes down on Independence Day from 10am to 2pm.

Where is Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest?

Watch the glorious event at Nathan’s Flagship restaurant (1310 Surf Ave) on the corner of Stillwell Ave at Coney Island, Brooklyn.

What is the schedule for Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest?

10am: Pre-show festivities, including musical and dance performances
11am: Women’s Contest
12:30pm: Men’s Contest

How can I participate in Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest?

The Nathan’s Famous qualifying event takes place at Citi Field (123-01 Roosevelt Ave) on June 18 at 11:30am. The contest will be held in The Plaza. The top male and female finishers will secure their spot to complete in the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island. Unfortunately, due to an overwhelming amount of interested participants, registration is now closed. Check the Major League Eating website to sign up next year.

How do I get to Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest?

Via subway: D, F, N, Q to Stillwell Avenue Station.
Via Manhattan Express Bus: X28 (Bensonhurst/Midtown), X38 (Bensonhurst/Midtown).

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