Columbus, OH - With 37 events and 12 Olympic sports, the 2008 Arnold Sports Festival presents fitness and fun for the entire family Feb. 29, March 1 & 2. Event co-producers California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Lorimer will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Arnold Classic, the professional bodybuilding competition that has grown into the world's largest multi-sport fitness weekend.
More than 150,000 sports fans are expected to witness 17,000 athletes compete in a wide range of sports. The popular three-day Arnold Fitness EXPO anchors the festival with 650 fitness-related booths and ongoing stage entertainment. The Arnold Sports Festival has expanded to three venues: the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Franklin County Veterans Memorial and Nationwide Arena.
The 20th Annual Arnold Classic, Ms. International, Fitness International and Figure International competitions are among the most prestigious bodybuilding events in the world.
The Festival Is A Strong Family Focus:
The Arnold Sports Festival has a strong family focus: most participants are youth competing in archery, cheerleading, dancesport, gymnastics, fencing, martial arts, table tennis, and wrestling. Top student athletes have a chance to win one of ten $1,000 college scholarships presented by the Columbus Rotary.
The Arnold Sports Festival is quickly becoming a proving ground for many aspiring athletes. Former Olympians and Olympic hopefuls will appear or compete in 12 Olympic sports, including archery, boxing, cycling, fencing, gymnastics, judo, running, table tennis, tae kwon do, weightlifting, wrestling, and wu shu.
Four New Events In 2008:
- The Arnold Amateur IFBB International Bodybuilding, Fitness & Figure Championships where 350 of the world's best amateurs will compete.
- The 1st Annual Arnold Cycling Challenge where top professional and amateur cyclists speed through the streets of downtown Columbus on a 1.2-mile criterium race course.
- The USA Powerlifting Championships where the nation's top lifting athletes in the squat, deadlift, and bench press will compete.
- An Olympic Team qualifier in the sport of weightlifting where the nation's premiere weightlifters will vie for a spot on the USA Olympic Team at the Summer Olympics in Beijing.
"For a $10 daily EXPO ticket you can see more world class sporting events than anywhere else," Lorimer said. "Bring the whole family, there is something for everyone."
Arnold Sports Festival events include:
| Event Coverage
Bodybuilding.com will be bringing you detailed coverage of at least 75% of the events this year. We are strategically placing our staff throughout the events all weekend to capture pictures, videos, interviews, webcasts & more.
Mark your calendar and tune in while Bodybuilding.com provides live coverage via webcast during the two major upcoming events. The 2008 Iron Man Pro and the 2008 Arnold Classic Sports Festival. We will broadcast live coverage on stage and back stage during the events.
Friday, February 29th
6:30 P.M. EST - Ms. International, Fitness International & Figure International
Saturday, March 1st
11:30 A.M. EST - Men's Bodybuilding Pre-Judging
6:30 P.M. EST - Men's Bodybuilding Finals
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com/arnold or (614) 431-3600. EXPO tickets are $10/person/day, are good for all events at the Columbus Convention Center Friday-Sunday, Nationwide Arena Sunday for Wrestling, and Veterans Memorial Friday for Archery and can be purchased at the doors. Amateur Bodybuilding tickets are $25 for Thursday's Fitness & Figure Prejudging and $25 for Friday's Bodybuilding Prejudging; Finals are included in the Saturday's $10 EXPO ticket.
The VIP package includes reserved seating for Friday, Feb. 29th and Saturday, March 1st professional bodybuilding competitions, a buffet party, a fitness training seminar with Arnold and the champs, and 3-day admission to the Arnold Fitness EXPO 2008 for $350.
Arnold Sports Festival National Sponsors: GNC, Amino Vital, ct pro, EAS, Gaspari Nutrition, Jan Tana, MHP, MuscleTech, Muscular Development, NetJets, Star Trac, Sunrider, Supro, Twinlab, and Vitamin Shoppe.
Arnold Fitness EXPO Sponsors: Aminogen, AnabolicXtreme, Biochem, Bodybuilding.com, BodyWell Nutrition, BOSS, Bulk Nutrition, Burn Machine, Eight Ball Nutrition, ISS, Labrada Nutrition, MRI, MRM, NxLabs, Optimum Nutrition, Prolab, SAN, Triarco and Universal Nutrition.
Arnold Sports Festival Local Sponsors: American Dairy Association Mideast, The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Sports Network, Huntington Banks, Metro Fitness, QFM96, Raisin Rack, Ricart Automotive Group, and Time Warner Cable.
For more information see our website: www.arnoldsportsfestival.com.