2016 Arnold Sports
50 Sports & Events, SportsWorld Expo
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2016 Arnold Sports Festival and the world-renowned
Arnold Classic bodybuilding championships will celebrate its 28th Anniversary in
2016 when the four-day health and fitness celebration presents more than 50
sports and events March 3-6, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.
The Arnold Sports Festival will attract an estimated 185,000 sports and fitness
fans to watch 18,000 athletes compete in 50 sports and events, including 14
Olympic events, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus
and the Ohio Expo Center.
The Arnold Classic and related IFBB Pro League events and the Arnold Amateur
Bodybuilding Championships will be held in the Battelle Grand and on the Arnold
Fitness EXPO Stage at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. An expanded Arnold
SportsWorld EXPO For Kids & Teens will be held March 5-6 at the Ohio Expo
Center. Archery, Cheerleading, Table Tennis, CrossFit Endeavor and Equestrian
are among 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 over the
years and is now 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 and dance,
fencing, martial arts and many others.
The three-day Arnold Fitness EXPO features more than 900 booths of the latest in
sports equipment, apparel and nutrition and two stages that host competitions
and entertainment. The Arnold Fitness EXPO will be held March 4-6, 2016 at the
Greater Columbus Convention Center.
New in 2016 is the Arnold Miss Teen Fitness Pageant which helps to promote fit
and healthy lifestyles for young women. The winner, crowned by Schwarzenegger,
will be an advocate for raising awareness of health and fitness.
Olympic sports in which youth compete and Olympians or Olympic hopefuls appear
include archery, boxing, equestrian, fencing, gymnastics, judo, karate, running,
swimming, table tennis, tae kwon do, tennis, track & field and weightlifting.
Europa Sports Products is the presenting sponsor of the Arnold Sports Festival.
2016 Arnold Sports Festival
Dates: March 3-6, 2016
Locations: Most events are held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center
(400 N. High St.), the Ohio Expo Center (717 E. 17th Ave.) and Lifestyle
Communities Pavilion (405 Neil Ave.). Visit www.arnoldsportsfestival.com for a
Hours: Thursday 5-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 8
Arnold Fitness EXPO hours: Friday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday 9
a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: A daily EXPO ticket ($15 each or 3 for $30 in advance or $20
at door; children 14 and under are admitted FREE) includes admission to most
events, the Arnold Fitness EXPO and the Arnold SportsWorld EXPO For Kids &
Teens. Professional and amateur bodybuilding events; Arnold Sunday Showcase at
the Hilton Columbus; Amateur MMA Festival at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion;
and the Arnold Party With The Pros at the Hollywood Casino require a separate
ticket. Arnold VIP Ticket Packages are available for $350 and $600 and include a
variety of exclusive benefits and premium seating to many events.
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com/arnold or 800-745-3000.