Where to Watch the 2014 Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest

Qualified By on Apr 25, 2014


The 2014 Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest will take place at 10:00 a.m. on July 4 at the Nathan’s Famous Flagship Restaurant, 1310 Surf Avenue (at Stillwell Avenue), Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York.

Want to watch the contest in person, on TV, or online? Here’s all the information you need!

 

Live from Coney Island

The best way to watch the Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest is live at Surf and Stillwell. It’s a spectacle that everyone should witness in a lifetime. Crowds of up to 40,000 people gather at Coney Island to watch competitors chow down as many HDBS (hot dogs and buns) as they can in 10 minutes.

The contest takes place on July Fourth at the intersection of Surf and Stillwell in Coney Island. The women’s hot dog eating contest begins at 11:15 a.m. and the men’s at 12:30 a.m., but the entertainment begins at 10 a.m. There will be a huge crowd, so get there by 9 a.m. if you want a good spot.

Here’s a timeline of events, from Nathan’s Famous:

10:00 a.m. Entertainment begins on Main Stage.
11:00 a.m. George Shea opens the 98th Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest
11:15 a.m. Introduction of Women Contestants
11:30 a.m. Women’s Contest Begins
12:00 p.m. ESPN show begins
12:30 p.m. Introduction of Male Contestants
12:40 p.m. Men’s Contest Begins

To get to Coney Island, take subway lines D, F, N or Q to the Stillwell Avenue Station or the Manhattan Express Bus X28 (Bensonhurst/Midtown) or X38 (Bensonhurst/Midtown). Parking is available if you want to drive, but avoiding driving is recommended because of the amount of people attending.

 

On TV on ESPN Networks

The 2014 Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July men’s hot dog eating contest will be broadcast live on ESPNNews at 12:00 p.m. Eastern. A tape-delayed broadcast will show on ESPN2 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Check your local listings.

The women’s contest is not broadcast on television.

In Canada, the hot dog eating contest will be broadcast at 2:00 p.m. Eastern on TSN2.

 

Online at ESPN.com

Both the women’s and men’s hot dog eating contests will be shown live at ESPN.com.

The women’s contest will be broadcast live online on ESPN3 at 11:15 a.m. EDT on July 4, 2014.

The men’s contest will be broadcast live online on ESPN3 at 12:00 p.m. EDT and rebroadcast on ESPN2 at 2:00 p.m. on July 4, 2014.

The programs are available only to customers of cable and internet providers that offer ESPN3. You will need to verify your account and may need to log in with your account credentials. If you are out of the United States, you will need a VPN (Virtual Private Network) and cable login credentials to watch the programs online.

 

The Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest is a not-to-be-missed event. As the biggest eating event of the year, be sure to tune in: whether you make it to Coney Island, watching it on TV, or catch it online.

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