Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest moves indoors this year—with no fans allowed

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest—that weird event you occasionally remember wasn’t just a fever dream in America’s subconscious—is back again this year despite some doubts. The annual contest will be a little different this year, with plans to host the event indoors near the usual location of the original Nathan’s in Coney Island, The Takeout reports. The contestants will be fewer and the air-conditioned environment cooler than the typical July 4th boardwalk setting, and the venue will be closed to fans. And as 12-time champion Joey Chestnut notes, the new conditions might actually make for an easier competition this year.

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