If you are a sports and fitness enthusiast, here is your chance to indulge your passions at the 27th annual Arnold Sports Festival, the largest multi-sport festival in the country being held on Thursday, March 5 through Sunday, March 8 at various venues in downtown Columbus, Ohio. It is approximately a 2 hour drive from Cleveland.
Arnold Sports Festival Co-produced by actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, this multi-day event will feature 18,000 athletes from 80 countries competing in 50 sports and events including 13 sports featured in the Olympics. Last year more than 175,000 people attended this event.
Among the vast range of sports included at the Festival are men’s and women’s amateur bodybuilding, gymnastics, martial arts, fencing, archery, cheerleading, dance, boxing, jump rope, rowing, power lifting, table tennis, armwrestling, strongman (both amateur and professional) in addition to swimming, tennis, pole fitness and wrestling.
Part of the Festival will be the 2015 Arnold Fitness EXPO being held at the main hall of the Greater Columbus Convention Center located at 400 North High Street. The EXPO will feature over 900 booths offering the latest sports equipment, apparel and nutrition information. The EXPO stage will host many of the Festival’s athletic competitions.
Arnold Schwarzenegger will be making an appearance at the Arnold Sunday Showcase (on March 8) being held at the Hilton Columbus Downtown in the George Bellows Ballroom from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
This year’s Festival will also feature the 6th annual Art at the Arnold competition showcasing artwork that portrays athletes and sports action. Prizes will be awarded.
New this year at the Arnold Sports Festival will be soccer, Guns & Hoses boxing, Disc Golf, and MAS wrestling. A new big attraction will be the WWE Experience showcasing superstars of WWE’s Next Generation with live matches, autograph signings and Q & A sessions.
EXPO tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Children 10 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Admission gives visitors total access to the Arnold Fitness EXPO. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com. Important Note: There will be additional charges for several of the competitions. No strollers are allowed.
Hours for the EXPO are 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday. Parking is available at various lots in downtown Columbus including Columbus Commons and COSI Columbus. Rates vary. Visitors will be able to catch a free Arnold Shuttle Bus at a variety of locations which will take them to most of the Festival’s venues.
Venues for the Arnold Sports Festival include the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the Ohio Expo Center (717 E. 17th Ave.) and the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion (405 Neil Ave.).
Call 614-431-2600 or get online at www.arnoldsportsfestival.com for more information about the Arnold Sports Festival events, venues and times.
Columbus, Ohio is approximately a 2 hour drive from Cleveland.