The Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Is A "Go" July 4th

June 17, 2020

Are you ready for some live sports? If so, here's some good news! If you're a fan of tennis and competitive eating (not at the same time, although that might be awesome), the U.S. Open and the traditional 4th of July Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest will both be happening this Summer. However, they'll both be happening without fans.

The U.S. Open will be held in Queens, New York from August 31st through September 13th.  They promise they'll take "extraordinary precautions" to protect players and staff, including "robust testing and additional cleaning."

Meanwhile, TMZ says the annual hot dog eating contest is happening at a "private location," instead of out in public on Coney Island.  Thousands of people show up every year, even though watching competitive eating can be a little gross.

All staff members will be wearing masks and gloves, all eaters will be tested before the competition and the location will be thoroughly sanitized. Also, there will only be five eaters instead of the usual 15 to allow for social distancing.

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