If you are a sports enthusiast, here is your chance to indulge your passion at the Arnold Sports Festival, the largest multi-sport festival in the country being held on Thursday, March 1 through Sunday, March 4 at various venues in downtown Columbus, Ohio. It is approximately a 2 hour drive from Cleveland to Columbus.
Arnold Sports Festival Co-produced by actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, this multi-day event will feature 18,000 athletes competing in 45 sports and events, including 11 sports featured in the Olympics.
Among the vast range of sports included at the festival are men’s and women’s bodybuilding (professional and amateur), gymnastics, martial arts, fencing, archery, cheerleading, dance sport, fitness, boxing, table tennis, power lifting, armwrestling, figure and bikini, track and field and strongman (professional and amateur.).
Part of the festival will be the 2012 Arnold Fitness EXPO being held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center located at 400 North High St. The EXPO will feature over 700 booths offering the latest sports apparel, equipment and nutrition. The EXPO stage will host many of the festival’s competitions.
The Expo stage will also feature various demonstrations including table tennis, cheerleading and dance, a demonstration of Irish dance and a World Jump Rope All-Star demonstration.
The Festival will also hold a 5K Run on Sunday, March 4 at 9:15 a.m.
The Arena Grand Movie Theatre will be playing host to the Arnold Sports Film Festival with film screenings from noon – 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Also part of the Festival will be the Active Living Festival spotlighting the annual 50+ DanceSport Challenge. Held at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom (350 North High St.), the 50+ DanceSport challenge is a Pro/Am and Am/Am freestyle ballroom dance competition for all levels and styles. It will be held from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. on Friday, March 2.
EXPO tickets are $10 per day 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. There will be additional charges for some of the competitions. No strollers are allowed.
Hours for the Expo activities are 7 p.m – 9 p.m. on Thursday, 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m on Friday, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Sunday. Parking is available at the lots at Columbus Commons and COSI Columbus for $5. From there you can catch the free Arnold Shuttle Bus to most venues.
Venues for the Arnold Sports Festival include The Greater Columbus Convention Center, Nationwide Arena (200 W. Nationwide Blvd.), The LC ( 405 Neil Ave.), Veterans Memorial (300 W. Broad St.) and OSU.
Call 800-745-3000 or get online at www.arnoldsportsfestival.com for more information about events, venues or times.
Columbus is approximately a 2 hour drive from Cleveland.