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Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Coming to Bethpage Ballpark

February 11, 2019 - Atlantic League (AtL) - Long Island Ducks News Release

(Central Islip, N.Y.) - The Long Island Ducks today announced the team will host a qualifying competition on Thursday, May 9th, at Bethpage Ballpark for the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest.

"Hot dogs are synonymous with baseball, and the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest is one of the premier events in New York," said Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff. "We look forward to partnering with Nathan's, the official hot dog of the Ducks, on hosting a fun and competitive event at the ballpark."

The hot dog eating qualifier will take place prior to the Ducks 6:35 p.m. game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on May 9. Gates to the ballpark will open at a special time of 5:00, with the competition getting underway at approximately 5:30. Up to 20 contestants will take part in the event, with the top male and female finishers earning the right to compete at the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4th at Coney Island. Additionally, the winners will receive a round trip ticket to New York and hotel accommodations.

In recent years, an estimated 35,000 fans have made the pilgrimage to the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island to watch the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in person. At the 2018 event, Joey Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., ate 74 Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes to set a new World Record. Miki Sudo of Las Vegas, Nev., won the Ladies' Title with 37 Hot Dogs and Buns.

Do you have what it takes to challenge the reigning World Champions? If so, step up to the table for your shot at becoming a part of history! Please note, all participants must be 18 years of age or older. CLICK HERE to sign up for the 2019 hot dog eating qualifier at Bethpage Ballpark.

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit

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