The largest multi-sport event in the Nation will be back to Columbus when the Arnold Sports Festival returns to the Columbus Convention Center from February 28 – March 3, 2019 for the 31st year! Drawing more than 22,000 athletes annually who compete in more than 80 sports & events, including 16 Olympic sports, along with over 1,000 booths at the Fitness Expo, this event is every fitness enthusiasts “must-attend” event.
Events are held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Ohio Expo Center, Express Live!, Hilton Columbus Downtown, Hollywood Casino Columbus, and several other venues around the city. Check out the complete daily schedule of all venues.
New events at the Arnold Sports Festival for 2018 include Classic Physique (amateur and professional), Axe Throwing, Body Painting, Equestrian, Pickleball, UMG Gaming Tournament, Racquetball, Regenerative Medicine, and the Performance Educational Forum.
The Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO is back this year on March 2-3 in the Bricker Building at the Ohio Expo Center. Admission is included with the Daily EXPO Ticket. This will be the activity core for youth sports competitions and family activities, featuring sport demonstration areas; individual skill development clinics, vendor booths and other activities. The Ohio Expo Center will also host a variety of youth and adult competitions in archery, baton twirling, cheerleading, lacrosse, gymnastics, table tennis, taekwondo, XPC Powerlifting and Power X. There’s also a fun zone with zorb balls, bounce houses, bull riding, face painting and virtual reality video games.
Arnold Sports Festival Ticket Info
Tickets for the Arnold Sports Festival are $20 each or three for $50 in advance through Ticketmaster and are good for most events at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and all events at the Ohio Expo Center. Tickets are $25 each at the door. Children 14 & under are admitted free with an adult. Presale ticket sales end on February 28. Parking will be available at the Ohio Expo Center for $10, or in lots and streets around the Columbus Convention Center (fee varies). The Arnold Express Shuttle will run between the Ohio Expo Center and the Greater Columbus Convention Center for attendees that also want to attend events Downtown.
NEW IN 2019: A Fast Pass Ticket will be sold for $30 in advance only and allow for Early Entry (1 hour each day) into the Arnold Fitness EXPO. The Fast Pass tickets will be available at www.ticketmaster.com/arnold through Thursday, February 28, 2019 and will not be available for sale at the door. The Fast Pass includes your Expo admission, so an additional pass isn’t needed.
Daily tickets can be used for any of the 3 days and will include the 1,000 booth EXPO and most other sports and events at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and other venues, including: Amateur Strongman World Championships, Archery, Armwrestling, Arnold Model Search, Art At The Arnold, Baton Twirling, Boxing, Cheerleading & Dance, Chess, CrossFit Endeavor, Dance Fitness and More, DanceSport, 50+ DanceSport, Disc Golf, Equestrian, Fencing, Gymnastics, Indoor Cycling Charity Ride, Indoor Triathlon, Jump Rope, Martial Arts Festival, MAS Wrestling, USA Powerlifting, Pole Fitness, Power X, Pump & Run, 5K Run/Walk, Rowing, Arnold Strongman Classic (first four events), Soccer, Swimming, Table Tennis, Ultimate Teen Challenge, Taekwondo Championships, Tennis, Weightlifting, WWE Experience, XPC Powerlifting, Swimming, Tennis.
Also included in the Daily EXPO Tickets are Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO, Arnold Classic 212, Fitness International and Figure International prejudging; Arnold Amateur Men’s Bodybuilding, Women’s Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure & Bikini finals that are held on the Arnold Fitness EXPO Stage.
You can purchase separate tickets for all other events, including IFBB Meet & Greet; Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding; Amateur MMA Festival; Pro Boxing; Arnold Classic 212, Fitness International, Figure International & Pole Fitness National Championship (Friday Night Pro Show); Arnold Classic and Bikini International Prejudging; Arnold Classic, Bikini International and Arnold Strongman Classic Finals (Saturday Night Pro Show); Party With The Pros; Sunday Showcase.
Purchase tickets through Ticketmaster, by telephone at 1-800-745-3000 and on-site ticketing locations at all Arnold Sports Festival venues. Some events will sell out.
Arnold Sports Festival 5k Run
Even if you aren’t a top fitness competitor, you can still compete at the Arnold Sports Festival with the Arnold 5K. The Arnold 5K run-only event begins at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, March 3 at the north end of the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Registration is $33 through February 20, and increases to $40 plus fees thereafter. Special awards will be given to the top five overall men and top five overall women. Olympic size medals will be awarded to at least the top 500 in the Arnold 5K at the end of the race. Athletes registered in the Arnold 5K will receive free entry into the Arnold Fitness Expo on Sunday, March 3 ($15 value). Your wristband for free entry will be distributed prior to the race on Sunday. Proceeds of the race will benefit Jeff McGowan Memorial Scholarship Fund.