COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Arnold Sports Festival and the world-renowned Arnold Classic will celebrate its 25th Anniversary when the fitness celebration is held Feb. 28-March 3 in Columbus, Ohio.
The Arnold Sports Festival will again attract 175,000 sports and fitness fans to watch 18,000 athletes compete in more than 45 sports and events, including 12 Olympic events.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Lorimer have co-produced the Weekend since 1989, when it debuted as a one-day bodybuilding competition known as the Arnold Classic. The Arnold Sports Festival has steadily grown over the years to where it is now a four-day festival that features a variety of sports. Included are professional and amateur bodybuilding competitions, weightlifting, powerlifting and Strongman as well as a complete lineup of youth sports that include gymnastics, cheerleading and dance, fencing, martial arts and many others.
The Arnold Fitness EXPO will again feature 700 booths of the latest in sports equipment, apparel and nutrition and a stage that hosts unique, non-stop competitions and entertainment that combine to make the Arnold Fitness EXPO a leading highlight of the Arnold Sports Festival. The EXPO is open March 1-3.
Among the new events in 2013 are the Arnold Scottish Highland Games, which will feature top professionals in events such as Tossing the Caber, Putting the Stone and Throwing the Hammer. Scottish Music and Highland Dancing will also be featured. The event will be held March 3 at the Columbus Commons.
Olympic sports in which youth compete and Olympians and hopefuls appear include archery, boxing, fencing, gymnastics, judo, running, table tennis, tae kwon do, track & field, weightlifting and wrestling.
Arnold Sports Festival
Dates: Feb. 28-March 3, 2013.
Locations: Greater Columbus Convention Center (400 N. High St.), Veterans Memorial (300 W. Broad St.), Lifestyle Communities Pavilion (405 Neil Ave.), Columbus Commons (160 S. High St.) Hilton Columbus Downtown (401 N. High St.), The Ohio State University French Field House (460 Woody Hayes Dr), Jerome Schottenstein Center (555 Borror Dr.) and Hyatt Regency Columbus (350 N. High St.).
Hours: Thursday 6-11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
EXPO hours: Friday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: A daily EXPO ticket ($10 in advance plus service charges, $15 at door) includes admission to most events and the Arnold Fitness EXPO. Professional and amateur bodybuilding events and the Arnold Champions & Legends Sunday Morning Showcase at the Hilton Columbus Downtown, the Amateur MMA Festival and the Arnold Party With The Pros at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion require a separate ticket. Arnold VIP Ticket Packages are available for $600 & $350 and include a variety of exclusive benefits and premium seating to many events.
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com/arnold or 800-745-3000.
For photographs or further information contact Matt Lorz, at 614-443-1877, or [email protected].