Scripps National Spelling Bee returns this year with top spellers from across the U.S. and the globe gathering near Orlando, Florida, on July 8 to compete in the nationally televised event.
The final rounds of this year’s Bee will be hosted in person at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. The finals, featuring 10-12 accomplished spellers, will be broadcast live in primetime on ESPN2.
The 10 to 12 finalists who will travel to Orlando will have earned the right to compete in the finals by advancing through three levels of virtual competition: the preliminary, quarterfinal, and semifinal segments.
The competition is set to begin virtually with the preliminary rounds on June 8, 2021. Concluding with the semifinals on June 27, 2021
“It will be an excitement-building sequence for the spellers and the audiences watching at home as the action and suspense of ‘speller versus the dictionary’ plays out over several weeks of the competition this year,” said Dr. J. Michael Durnil, executive director of the Bee. “Last year was challenging for so many as we learned to cope with the pandemic. Now, as pandemic guidelines across the country continue to evolve, we’ve charted a path for the 2021 competition and national finals activities by taking enhanced health and safety measures for the spellers, their families, and the team of people who support and produce the Bee.”
2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee will be the first event since the NBA Finals in October of 2020. The Lakers defeated the Heat 4-2 in a best of seven series.