COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2019 Arnold Sports Festival and the world-renowned Arnold Classic bodybuilding championships, already the world’s largest multi-sport festival, will grow even larger in 2019 when the four-day health and fitness celebration presents a record 80 sports and events February 28-March 3, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio.
The Arnold Sports Festival will attract an estimated 200,000 sports and fitness fans to watch more than 22,000 athletes compete in 80 sports and events, including 16 Olympic events, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus, the Ohio Expo Center and various other Central Ohio venues.
The Arnold Classic and related IFBB Pro League events and the Arnold Amateur NPC Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini & Physique Championships will be held in Battelle Grand and on the Arnold Fitness EXPO Stage at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
An expanded Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO will be held March 2-3 at the Ohio Expo Center. Archery, Baton Twirling, Cheerleading, Futsal, Gymnastics, Martial Arts, Pickleball, Table Tennis and XPC Powerlifting/POWER X are among the events at the Ohio Expo Center.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Lorimer have co-produced the Arnold Sports Festival since 1989 when it debuted as a one-day bodybuilding competition known as the Arnold Classic. The Arnold Sports Festival has steadily grown into a four-day festival that features professional and amateur bodybuilding, weightlifting, powerlifting and strongman. Also featured is a lineup of youth sports that includes gymnastics, cheerleading and dance, fencing, martial arts and many others.
The Arnold Fitness EXPO, March 1-3, 2019 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, features more than 1,000 booths of the latest in sports equipment, apparel and nutrition and four stages that host competitions and entertainment.
New in 2019: Foosball, Futsal and the Viking Run.
The 16 Olympic sports featured at the Arnold Sports Festival include archery, boxing, fencing, gymnastics, handball, judo, karate, rowing, a 5K run, soccer, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon and weightlifting.
Midway Labs USA is the presenting sponsor of the 2019 Arnold Sports Festival.
Dates: February 28-March 3, 2019
Locations: Most events are held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center (400 N. High St.) and Ohio Expo Center (717 E. 17th Ave.).
Hours: Events begin Thursday 10 a.m. and conclude Sunday 6 p.m. Visit
www.arnoldsportsfestival.com for a complete schedule.
Arnold Fitness EXPO hours: Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO hours: Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: A daily EXPO ticket ($20 each in advance or $25 at door; children 14 and under are admitted FREE when accompanied by an adult) includes admission to most events, the Arnold Fitness EXPO and the Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO.
A new Fast-Pass Ticket ($30 in advance only) provides one-hour early access to the Arnold Fitness EXPO (8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday)
Attendees can purchase a $20 ticket at the door at all events at the Ohio Expo Center that is good for one-day’s admission at the Ohio Expo Center only. (The $20 ticket can be upgraded for $5 for access to the Arnold Fitness EXPO and other events at the Greater Columbus Convention Center).
Professional and amateur bodybuilding events; IFBB Meet & Greet at the Hilton Columbus Downtown; Amateur MMA Festival and Arnold Party With The Pros at EXPRESS LIVE!; Arnold Pro Boxing at the Hollywood Casino; and PCS Pole Fitness Championships and the Arnold Sunday Showcase at the Greater Columbus Convention Center require a separate ticket.
Arnold VIP Ticket Packages are available for $350 and $600 and include exclusive benefits and premium seating to many events.