Arnold Sports Festival

Greater Columbus Convention Center  · 

The 2020 Arnold Sports Festival and the world-renowned Arnold Classic, already the world's largest multi-sport festival, will grow even larger in 2020 when the four-day health and fitness celebration presents a record 80+ sports and events March 5-8, 2020 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 more than 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 & Wellness 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 7-8 at the Ohio Expo Center. Baton Twirling, Cheerleading and Dance, Futsal, Gymnastics and Martial Arts 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, fencing, martial arts and many others.

The Arnold Fitness EXPO, March 6-8, 2020 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 2020: NPC Wellness Division, Medieval Fighting, WPO Powerlifting, Teen Strongman and Cup Stacking.

The 16 Olympic sports featured at the Arnold Sports Festival include archery, boxing, fencing, futsal, gymnastics, handball, judo, karate, a 5K run, soccer, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon and weightlifting.

Midway Labs USA is the presenting sponsor of the 2020 Arnold Sports Festival.

2020 Arnold Sports Festival

Dates: March 5-8, 2020

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 Fast-Pass Ticket ($35 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; Pro/Am MMA Festival and Arnold Party With The Pros at EXPRESS LIVE!; and Arnold Pro Boxing (Saturday); PCS Pole Fitness Championships (Saturday) and the Arnold Sunday Showcase at the Greater Columbus Convention Center require a separate ticket.

Arnold VIP Ticket Packages are available for $350 and $650 and include exclusive benefits and premium seating to many events. The $650 VIP Ticket Package includes a photo with the winner of the 2020 Arnold Classic.

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