Columbus Convention Center, Ohio Expo Center To Again Host Most Events



    COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Arnold Sports Festival, already the largest multi-sport event in the world, will grow even larger in 2019 when an estimated 22,000 athletes from 60 nations compete in a record 80 sports and events from February 28-March 3 in Columbus, Ohio.

    Headlining the nation’s largest multi-sport festival are professional bodybuilding and strongman competitions with the most well built and strongest athletes in the world. These premier physique and strongman competitions are featured daily at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

    The 31st Arnold Classic will be held at Battelle Grand on Saturday, March 2, along with the Bikini International, Arnold Classic Men’s Physique and Arnold Strongman Classic Finals. Other IFBB Pro League events on the weekend include Fitness, Figure, Classic Physique, Women’s Physique and Pro Wheelchair.



    The Arnold Amateur NPC Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini & Physique Championships will be held at the Battelle Grand and Arnold Fitness EXPO from Thursday, February 28 through Saturday, March 2 and is expected to attract more than 700 athletes.

    New events in 2019 include Armlifting, Foosball, Futsal, High School Weightlifting, Speed Cubing and the Viking Dash Trail Runs.

    Sports and events at the Ohio Expo Center in 2019 include Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO, baton twirling, cheerleading & dance, futsal, gymnastics, martial arts and pickleball.

    The Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO is helping kids be more active, building healthier habits for life. Attendees can try more than 20 sports, many led by Central Ohio professional sports teams. Featured events include a talent competition and teen fitness pageant. This wall-to-wall fun event for families is free for kids 14 and under at the Ohio Expo Center’s Bricker Building on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3.

    The 2019 Arnold Fitness EXPO will be held March 1-3 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and feature more than 1,000 booths of the latest in sports equipment, apparel and nutrition and four stages that host unique, non-stop competitions and entertainment that combine to make the Arnold Fitness EXPO the heart of the Arnold Sports Festival.




    Admission to the Arnold Fitness EXPO, most events at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO and all events at the Ohio Expo Center are included in the Daily EXPO Ticket ($20 each in advance, $25 at the door). Tickets at the Ohio Expo Center are $20 at the door on event weekend. Children 14 and under are FREE. Parking at the Ohio Expo Center will be $10. FREE shuttles will run from the Ohio Expo Center to the Greater Columbus Convention Center on Friday, March 2 through Sunday, March 4.

    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 grown over the years and is now a four-day festival that features more than 80 sports and events.

    “A Daily EXPO ticket affords a huge entertainment value for attendees to experience a great variety of sports and events,” Lorimer said. “We are very proud to provide the opportunity for athletes, a majority of them youth, to compete at the largest multisport festival in the world.”

    Separate tickets are required for the following events:

    • Arnold Amateur Fitness, Figure, Bikini and Women’s Physique Prejudging; Masters Figure and MastersBikini Prejudging and Finals, Noon Thursday, February 28, Battelle Grand $25.
    • Meet & Greet with IFBB Pros, 7 p.m. Thursday, February 28, Hilton Columbus Downtown $25.
    • Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding and Men’s Physique Prejudging; Classic Physique Prejudging and Finals andIFBB Pro League Women’s Physique International Prejudging, 9 a.m. Friday, March 1, Battelle Grand $25.
    • Arnold Classic Physique, Fitness International, Figure International and Women’s Physique InternationalFinals, 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, Battelle Grand $50-75.
    • Amateur MMA Festival, 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, Columbus Convention Center $30-$75.
    • Arnold Classic, Bikini International, Arnold Men’s Physique Prejudging and Arnold Pro WheelchairPrejudging and Finals, Noon Saturday, March 2, Battelle Grand $50.
    • Arnold Classic, Bikini International, Arnold Men’s Physique and Arnold Strongman Classic Finals, 7 p.m.Saturday, March 2, Battelle Grand $50-$100.
    • Arnold Party With The Pros, 9 p.m. Saturday, March 2, EXPRESS Live!, $25.
    • Arnold Pro Boxing, 7:30 pm Saturday, March 2, Location TBA, Ticket cost TBA
    • Arnold Sunday Showcase & Coffee With The Champions Featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 3, Battelle Grand $25. 

      VIP Ticket Packages and individual event tickets are available through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com/arnold

      or 800-745-3000.


      For more information, including schedules, locations and hours, visit www.arnoldsportsfestival.com.






    El campeón defensor William Bonac, ex campeones Cedric McMillan, Victor Martinez Highlight 2019 Arnold Classic Field COLUMBUS, Ohio – 
    William “The Conqueror” Bonac, quien ganó el Arnold Classic 2018 por la mayor victoria de su carrera profesional y dos ex campeones del Arnold Classic lucharán mientras la prestigiosa competencia de culturismo masculino profesional celebra su 31 ° año en 2019.
    El Arnold Sports Festival presentará concursos de la Pro Liga IFBB en ocho divisiones en 2019.
    Bonac, el ganador de 2017 Cedric McMillan y el campeón de 2007 Víctor Martínez lideraron un grupo de 12 culturistas profesionales que subirán al escenario en la 31a edición anual anual del Arnold Classic en Columbus, Ohio, el 2 de marzo de 2019. 
    Brandon Curry, quien ganó Arnold Classic South America en 2013 y Arnold Classic Australia en 2017, y Roelly Winklaar, ganadora de Arnold Classic Australia en 2018, también competirán por el título. 
    Mikhail Volinkin recibió una invitación automática para ganar el Arnold Amateur 2018.
    Whitney Jones, quien superó graves lesiones de cuello y rodilla para ganar el Fitness International por primera vez en 2018, está de vuelta para defender su título. Ella será retada por Kate Errington, segunda en Columbus en 2018, y Ryall Graber y Myriam Capes, tercera finalista de Fitness Olympia, tercera en Fitness Olympia en 2018.
    Una nueva campeona será coronada en Figura Internacional al retirarse la campeona del 2018, Candice Lewis-Carter. Cydney Gillon, la dos veces campeona de la figura Olimpia que terminó segunda en Columbus en 2017 y 2018, buscará su primera corona de Figura Internacional. 
    Nadia Wyatt, tercera en el Olympia en 2018, Bojana Vasiljevic y Jessica Reyes Padilla también están entre los 14 contendientes.
    También habrá un nuevo campeona  en Bikini International, ya que la ganadora de 2017 y 2018, Angélica Teixeira, no competirá. 
    Los competidores por el título incluyen a Janet Layug, subcampeona de 2018, Ashley Kaltwasser y Lauralie Chapados, dos veces campeona de Bikini International, que acaban de obtener un segundo lugar en Bikini Olympia y cuatro victorias en el concurso en 2018. Sonia Lewis recibió una invitación automática para ganar El 2018 Arnold Amateur.
    Harold “King Kong” Kelley, tres veces campeón defensor del Arnold Classic Pro en silla de ruedas, intentará que sea cuatro veces seguidas.
    Arnold Classic Physique, Arnold Men ‘Physique y Women’ Physique International presentarán competiciones abiertas para cualquier atleta de la Pro Liga de la IFBB que haya finalizado entre los 5 primeros en un concurso profesional en 2018. 
    Visite www.arnoldsportsfestival.com para obtener la lista completa de competidores.
    Visite www.ticketmaster.com/arnold o 800-745-3000 para obtener información sobre los boletos. 
    Paquetes de entradas VIP y entradas para eventos individuales están disponibles.
    Patrocinador de presentación: Midway Labs USA
    Patrocinador Diamante: ROGUE Fitness
    Patrocinadores Gold: Animal, HOMENAJE, Europa Sports Products, Jan Tana, Optimum Nutrition, Ricart, VPX.



    COLUMBUS, Ohio – William “The Conqueror” Bonac, who won the 2018 Arnold Classic for the biggest victory of his professional career, and two former Arnold Classic champions will do battle as the prestigious professional men’s bodybuilding competition celebrates its 31st year in 2019.

    The Arnold Sports Festival will feature IFBB Pro League contests in eight divisions in 2019.

    Bonac, 2017 winner Cedric McMillan and 2007 champion Victor Martinez lead a field of 12 professional bodybuilders who will take the stage in Columbus, Ohio for the 31st Annual Arnold Classic on March 2, 2019. Brandon Curry, who won Arnold Classic South America in 2013 and Arnold Classic Australia in 2017, and Roelly Winklaar, 2018 Arnold Classic Australia winner, will also contend for the title. Mikhail Volinkin received an automatic invite for winning the 2018 Arnold Amateur.

    Whitney Jones, who overcame serious neck and knee injuries to win the Fitness International for the first time in 2018, is back to defend her title. She will be challenged by Kate Errington, second in Columbus in 2018, and Fitness Olympia runner-up Ryall Graber and Myriam Capes, third at the Fitness Olympia in 2018.

    A new champion will be crowned in Figure International as 2018 champion Candice Lewis-Carter has retired. Cydney Gillon, the two-time Figure Olympia champion who finished second in Columbus in 2017 and 2018, will be looking for her first Figure International crown. Nadia Wyatt, third at the Olympia in 2018, Bojana Vasiljevic and Jessica Reyes Padilla are also among the field of 14 contenders.

    There will also be a new champ in Bikini International as 2017 and 2018 winner Angelica Teixeira will not compete. Challengers for the title include 2018 runner-up Janet Layug, two-time Bikini International champion Ashley Kaltwasser and Lauralie Chapados, fresh off a second-place finish at the Bikini Olympia and four contest wins in 2018. Sonia Lewis received an automatic invite for winning the 2018 Arnold Amateur.

    Three-time defending Arnold Classic Pro Wheelchair champion Harold “King Kong” Kelley will try to make it four in a row.

    Arnold Classic Physique, Arnold Men’s Physique and Women’s Physique International will feature competitions open to any IFBB Pro League athlete who has finished in the top 5 in a pro contest in 2018. Visit www.arnoldsportsfestival.com for the complete competitor lists.

    The Arnold Classic Physique, Fitness International, Figure International, and Women’s Physique International will be held on Friday, March 1, 2019; while the Arnold Classic, Arnold Men’s Physique and Bikini International will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 with prejudging and finals at Battelle Grand.


    Classic Physique (19)

    Khaled Chikhaoui
    Garrott Coelho
    Charles Curtis
    Ali Emre
    Dion Harris
    Danny Hester
    Lehjuan Jones
    Steve Laureus
    Fábio Lopes
    Elijah Lorono
    Jason Lowe
    David Martinez Campos
    Ro’Vonte Moody
    Rickey Moten
    Courage Opara
    Keone Pearson
    George Peterson
    Panexce Pierre
    Wesley Vissers


    Men’s Physique (35)

    Bader Almualim
    Clinton Barbadillo
    Michael Bevins
    Lindon Bond
    Greg Brant
    George Brown
    Steve Cao
    Rodrigue Chesnier
    Scott Dennis
    Youcef Djoudi
    Viet Doan
    Raymont Edmonds
    Andre Ferguson
    Logan Franklin
    Anthony Gilkes
    Sadik Hadzovic
    Kyron Holden
    Tave Jackson
    Michael Lee
    Devon Lindner
    Ashwin Lucas
    Antonio Mitchell
    Diogo Montenegro
    Stan Morrison
    Kevin Nguyen
    Ricardo Paul
    Ramses Rams
    Antonio Roseboro
    Chase Savoie
    Scott Schulze
    Mark Sindayen
    Antonio Smothers
    Kimani Victor
    Antoine Weatherspoon
    Quincey Whittington
    Justin Woodard


    Para obtener más información, incluidos horarios, ubicaciones y horarios, visite www.arnoldsportsfestival.com.

    For more information, including schedules, locations and hours, visit www.arnoldsportsfestival.com.


    Media Contacts:

                                          Matt Lorz
                                          Arnold Sports Festival (614) 431-2600

                                          [email protected]


                                          Brent LaLonde
                                          Arnold Sports Festival (614) 431-2600    

                                          [email protected]