Arnold Sports Festival Overview
The 2019 Arnold Sports Festival and the world-renowned Arnold Classic bodybuilding championships, already the world’s largest multi-sport festival, will grow even larger in 2019 when the four-day health and fitness celebration presents a record 80 sports and events February 28-March 3, 2019 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 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 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 2-3 at the Ohio Expo Center. Archery, Baton Twirling, Cheerleading, Futsal, Gymnastics, Martial Arts, Pickleball, Table Tennis and XPC Powerlifting/POWER X are among the events at the Ohio Expo Center.
The Arnold Fitness EXPO, March 1-3, 2019 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 2019: Foosball, Futsal and the Viking Dash Trail Runs.
2019 Media Registration
2019 Arnold Sports Festival Media Kit
Many Arnold Sports Festival participants are youth competing in archery, boxing, cheerleading and dance, DanceSport, fencing, gymnastics, martial arts, table tennis and weightlifting. Top student athletes compete for one of ten $2,500 college scholarships presented by the Columbus Rotary and the Arnold Sports Festival.
Olympic Sports: The Arnold Sports Festival is a proving ground for many aspiring athletes. Former Olympians and Olympic hopefuls will appear or compete in 14 Olympic Sports: archery, boxing, fencing, gymnastics, handball, judo, karate, rowing, a 5K run, soccer, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon and weightlifting.
Onsite Press Rooms
Greater Columbus Convention Center, Room B-132, 400 North High St., Columbus, Ohio, Hours: Friday, March 1 (8 a.m.-6p.m.), Saturday, March 2 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.), or Sunday, March 3 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.). Space is available for coats, meetings and breaks. We are not responsible for items left in the room.