More than 200,000 attendees generating an economic impact of more than $51.4 million in spending will visit the Arnold Sports Festival from March 2-5 at the SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) and 10 other venues.
“This will be the greatest Arnold Sports Festival we’ve ever produced,” said Jim Lorimer, chief executive officer of Classic Productions, Inc., and co-founder of the event with Arnold Schwarzenegger. “We’ll have 70 events, 14 Olympic sports and more than 20,000 athletes from 80 countries competing. Our event is called ‘strength heaven’ around the world.”
- 29th Arnold Classic
- Amateur Strongman
- Arnold Amateur IFBB/NPC Bodybuilding, Figure, Bikini and Physique
- Arnold Classic 212
- Arnold Classic Pro Wheelchair
- Arnold Fitness EXPO
- Arnold Men’s Physique
- Arnold Model Search
- Arnold Sunday Seminar
- Art at the Arnold
- Bench Press
- Bikini International
- Chess (and at Ohio Expo Center)
- CrossFit Endeavor
- Educational Seminars
- Figure International
- Fitness International
- Grapping/Jiu Jitsu
- Indoor Highland Games
- Jump Rope (and at Ohio Expo Center)
- Martial Arts Festival
- MAS Wrestling
- Party With the Pros
- Pole Fitness Amateur Championship Series
- Pole Fitness Pro Championships Series
- Pump & Run/5K Run
- Strongman Classic
- Strongwoman Pro
- Table Tennis (and at Ohio Expo Center)
- Teen Challenge
- Tennis (and at Ohio Expo Center)
- Transformation Challenge
- XPC Powerlifting & PowerX (and at Ohio Expo Center)
New events joining the festival this year are lacrosse, paraplegic powerlifting, handball, yoga, Arnold Pro Strongwoman and the Arnold Transformation Challenge.
A focal point of the festival -- the popular 1,000-booth Arnold Fitness EXPO -- will be open within GCCC’s Exhibition Halls A-D and offering an extensive array of sports equipment, apparel, nutritional products, competitions and entertainment on stage throughout the duration of the EXPO.
Arnold Fitness EXPO general admission hours are:
- Friday, March 3 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Saturday, March 4 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Sunday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Arnold Fitness EXPO tickets are $20 for adults per day at www.ticketmaster.com/arnold and in person at the GCCC March 3-5. Kids age 14 and younger are admitted free with an adult paying admission. Baby strollers are not permitted within the EXPO.
The Arnold Classic, founded in 1989, has grown to become the world’s largest multi-sport fitness weekend. Arnold Sports Festivals now exist on every continent except for Antarctica.
“This is our signature event,” said Greater Columbus Convention Center General Manager John R. Page. “We are very proud to announce that we have named one of the new second-level show manager’s skyboxes the Lorimer Suite in tribute to the partnership we have enjoyed with Jim and his family since the facility opened decades ago.”
Festival attendees will be able to dine in the new Discovery Café opening March 1 and travel from the Goodale Garage directly to the GCCC via the sky bridge opening this week as part of the facility’s $125 million expansion & renovation.
The Greater Columbus Convention Center, located in downtown Columbus, hosted an estimated 2.5 million visitors in 2016. The facility is owned by the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority and is managed by SMG.
Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 240 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide.
Visit www.columbusconventions.com and www.smgworld.com for more information.