As has become tradition, July 4 marks the World Series of Major League Eating, as the biggest stomachs in the world will take on the famed Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island.
So, if you’re interested in watching a human being attempt to scarf down 70 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes (really, there aren’t many better ways to celebrate America’s birthday), here’s everything you need to know about the contest:
2017 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Viewing Info
Date: Tuesday, July 4
Start Time: Women’s contest begins at 11 a.m. ET; Men’s contest begins at 12:40 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN. Coverage starts at Noon ET
Live Stream: WatchESPN, Sling TV, DirecTV Now, or PlayStation Vue
Magic vs. Bird. Elway vs. Montana. Federer vs. Nadal. And, of course, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut vs. Matt “The Megatoad” Stonie.
The rivalry hit its peak during the 2015 contest, when Stonie put down 62 hot dogs and buns to Chestnut’s 60, putting an end to the latter’s eight-year reign of terror on the hot-dog-competitive eating scene. Chestnut came back the following year with a renewed purpose and apparently larger stomach, though, as he demolished a record 70 hot dogs to reclaim his world title.
“Last year was rough,” Chestnut said after setting the record. “This year was the best ever.”
In 2017, Chestnut is being pegged as the -400 favorite, while Stonie is a +250 underdog.
Over on the women’s side, Miki Sudo is expected to make it four wins in a row after finishing 38.5 hot dogs and buns last year to capture the victory. She’ll be challenged by Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas, who is not only a three-time women’s winner herself (2011-2013) but holds the female record for most hot dogs eaten with 45 in 2012.
The winner of each contest will pocket $10,000, but more importantly, the title of greatest hot dog eater in the world.