The 30th Arnold Classic, the professional bodybuilding competition that is the foundation of the Arnold Sports Festival, will be among the events hosted by the SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) during the return of the world’s largest multi-sport festival.
“This will be the biggest and best Arnold Sports Festival we’ve ever had,” said Jim Lorimer, chief executive officer of Classic Productions, Inc. and co-founder of the festival. “Arnold Schwarzenegger has been coming to Columbus for more than 40 years and we began the Arnold Classic 30 years ago this year. We have a long and wonderful history together. When the convention center opened, that’s when people started coming from around the world.”
“It is exciting to see how far we have come with the festival. Our goal was to promote the competitive side of bodybuilding to gain respect, but one thing led to another and here we are,” said Arnold Schwarzenegger, the festival co-founder. “You always need a reason to celebrate and this festival will be the best ever. We want to make the world a healthier place and everyone is welcome.”
The festival is expected to attract more than 200,000 attendees from dozens of nations, nearly 22,000 participating athletes, 1,100 Arnold Fitness EXPO booths, 16 Olympic sports and 78 total sports and events scheduled at 13 venues. There will be 100 local hotels booked by attendees during their stay. The festival also utilizes the services of a 600-person volunteer medical team staffing 30 stations and hundreds of additional general volunteers.
GREATER COLUMBUS CONVENTION CENTER TO HOST 30TH ARNOLD CLASSIC AS PART OF WORLD’S LARGEST MULTI-SPORT FESTIVAL FROM MARCH 1-4