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It Is Back: Arnold Sports Festival 2019

Arnold Sports Festival 2019The Arnold Sports Festival returns each year bringing with it amazing events and some of the best people watching ever. But while it’s a yearly institution, one can lose perspective on the international significance of the event. While traveling abroad, locals have encountered people familiar with Columbus due to traveling here for The Arnold. Truly, people journey from far and wide to take in the spectacle that is available to you right downtown. So, check out the schedule and plan to take in the magic.

What we know as The Arnold includes the world-famous Arnold Classic bodybuilding championships, plus the world’s largest multi-sport festival. With 80 sports and events, you will definitely find something to spark your interest. Bodybuilding? But, of course. Baton twirling? You betcha. Truly, there is something for most anyone, from Futsal to martial arts to powerlifting. For fans of the Olympics, check out 16 Olympic sports, including archery, boxing, gymnastics, karate, swimming and table tennis.

The Arnold Sports Expo runs March 1-3 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, offering more than 1,000 booths with apparel, nutrition and sports equipment. Plus, you can check out competitions and entertainment on four stages. In addition, check out the Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO on March 2-3 at the Ohio Expo Center.

Arnold Sports Festival Details

  • February 28 - March 3
  • Columbus Convention Center, Ohio Expo Center and other Central Ohio venues
  • 22,000 athletes competing in 80 sports and events
  • arnoldsportsfestival.com

Daily EXPO Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Children 14 and under are admitted free with an adult. Tickets include admission to most events, the Arnold Fitness EXPO and the Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO. Or, consider a $30 Fast-Pass Ticket that offers early access to the Arnold Fitness EXPO. For the Arnold-maniacs, check out the VIP Ticket Packages. For some events, including the professional and amateur bodybuilding, Amateur MMA Festival and Arnold Party with the Pros, you will need to purchase additional tickets.