The 2021 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating contest is set once again for the Fourth of July, and this year that’s on a Sunday afternoon. After holding the event at an indoor location in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it moves back to Coney Island once again in 2021.
The broadcast begins with the women’s competition on ESPN3 and the ESPN App starting at 10:45 a.m., and then shifting to main ESPN at 12:00 p.m. Sunday. The women’s competition will have introductions starting at 10:45 a.m., with the first dog eaten at 11:00 a.m. The men’s contest has introductions at 12:00 p.m., and the dogs start getting eaten at 12:30 p.m.
All competitors will be on a stage at the original Nathan’s Hot Dogs location in the amusement festival area of Brooklyn, NY.
The weather is expected to cooperate, with a high temperature of just 78 degrees expected in Brooklyn on Sunday and a slight chance of rain. The biggest event in competitive eating does have weather as a factor, as last year’s climate-controlled indoor event saw records fall in both the men’s and women’s division.
Joey Chestnut finished 75 hot dogs last year, while Miki Sudo shattered the women’s world record with 48.5. Chestnut will be back this year, while Sudo is pregnant and will be part of the broadcast team covering the event for ESPN.