The Arnold Sports Festival – the largest multi-sport event in the nation with more than 18,000 athletes competing in more than 45 sports and events, including 12 Olympic sports – will attract 175,000 health and fitness enthusiasts and sports fans to Columbus from March 1-4.
The Arnold Sports Festival has grown each year since its inception in 1989 as the Arnold Classic, a one-day professional men’s bodybuilding competition named in honor of co-promoter and bodybuilding legend Arnold Schwarzenegger. The annual sports and fitness celebration, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2013, has grown into an international competition that draws athletes from more than 80 nations.
Among the highlights in 2012 is the U.S. Olympic Teams Trials for Weightlifting that will determine athletes that represent the United States at the London Summer Olympics. The Arnold Weightlifting Championships will also feature the USA Weightlifting National Championships in 2012. Other new events include the Men’s Physique division in the popular Arnold Amateur bodybuilding competition.
The 2012 Arnold Fitness EXPO will again feature 700 booths of the latest in sports equipment, apparel and nutrition and a stage that host unique, non-stop competitions and entertainment that combine to make the Arnold Fitness EXPO the heart of the Arnold Sports Festival.
The Arnold Sports Festival will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Lifestyles Communities Pavilion and several other premier venues. A free shuttle service connects the various sites located in downtown Columbus.
Many Arnold Sports Festival participants are youth competing in events such as archery, gymnastics, cheerleading, fencing and martial arts. The student-athletes compete for eight $2,000 college scholarships that are presented by the Columbus Rotary and the Arnold Sports Festival. Also, events for seniors, Art at the Arnold and the Arnold Sports Film Festival make the weekend appealing to diverse audiences.
The Arnold Sports Festival is a proving ground for aspiring athletes in a variety of Olympic sports, including archery, boxing, fencing, figure skating, gymnastics, judo, karate, running, table tennis, tae kwon do, track & field and weightlifting.
“A Daily EXPO ticket affords a great entertainment value and allows our attendees to experience a great variety of sports and events,” said co-promoter Jim Lorimer, who has partnered with Arnold Schwarzenegger since 1975. “We are very proud to provide the opportunity for 18,000 athletes, a majority of them children, to compete at the largest multi-sport festival in the United States.”
GNC, the nation’s largest specialty retailer of sports nutrition products, will be the lead sponsor of the Arnold Sports Festival for the 12th straight year in 2012.
Greater Columbus Convention Center
· -Arnold Fitness EXPO (March 2-4, 2012)
· -Ms. International, Fitness International and Figure
· International Prejudging
· -Active Living Festival
· -Art At The Arnold
· -Arnold Amateur IFBB International Bodybuilding, Classic Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure & Bikini Championships and NPC Men’s Physique Finals
· -Arnold Amateur Strongman
· -Arnold Armwrestling Challenge
· -Arnold Cheerleading & Dance
· -Arnold CrossFit Games
· -Arnold DanceSport Classic
· -Arnold Fencing Classic
· -Arnold Gymnastics Challenge
· -Arnold Martial Arts Festival/Grappling
-Arnold 5K Pump & Run and Arnold 5K Run/Walk
· -Arnold Strongman Classic (all except final)
· -Arnold Table Tennis Challenge
· -Arnold USA Boxing Championships
· -Ultimate Teen Challenge
-USA Powerlifting Championships
· -Arnold Weightlifting Championships
· -Arnold Archery Competition
Arena Grand Movie Theatre
· -Arnold Sports Film Festival
French Field House (OSU)
-Arnold Track & Field Championships
*Some events above are not all three days, please see event schedule for further details.
Separate tickets required for following events:
Amateur Classic Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure and Bikini, March 1, Veterans Memorial $25.
Arnold Strength Training Summit March 2-4, Greater Columbus Convention Center $150-$450.
Amateur Bodybuilding Prejudging, March 2, Veterans Memorial $25.
Ms. International, Fitness International and Figure International, March 2, Veterans Memorial $50-75.
Amateur MMA Festival, March 2, Lifestyles Communities Pavilion $30-$60 (not included in VIP package)
24th Annual Arnold Classic, Bikini International Prejudging, March 3, Veterans Memorial $25.
24th Annual Arnold Classic, Bikini International Finals, March 3, Veterans Memorial $50-$100.
Arnold Party With The Pros, March 3, Lifestyles Communities Pavilion $25.
Arnold Morning Weekend Review, March 4, Veterans Memorial $50.
VIP Ticket Packages and individual event tickets are available through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com/arnold or 800-745-3000. Daily EXPO tickets are available for $10 in advance or $15 at the door of all Arnold Sports Festival venues. Children 10 and under free.
Arnold Sports Festival National Sponsors: GNC, AEP, Animal, Bodybuilding.com, bpi Sports, BSN, Gaspari Nutrition, Jan Tana, MET-Rx, MHP, Michelob ULTRA, Optimum Nutrition, Supro, Twinlab and Vitamin Shoppe.
Arnold Fitness EXPO Sponsors: Bodybuilding.com, Burn Machine, Dymatize, Europa Sports Products, Enforce Nutrition, Everlast, Fitview, Interactive Nutrition, ISS, Liquid Grip, Lonestar Distribution, MRI, MRM, MuscleDog, PROLAB and Proto Whey.
Arnold Sports Festival Local Sponsors: AEP, American Airlines, Chase, The Columbus Dispatch, Gold’s Gym, Metro Fitness, Michelob ULTRA, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Nationwide, Qfm96, Ricart.com, Subway and Time Warner Cable.
For more information, including schedules and hours of operation, visit www.arnoldsportsfestival.com.