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Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend Report: IFBB Olympia, 40th Anniversary!

Once again the Olympia event is going to be taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is scheduled to take place October 13th through Sunday, October 16 at the Orleans Arena. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

For the seventh year in a row, bodybuilding fans from around the world will convene in Las Vegas, Nevada, to witness the 40th anniversary of Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend which will be held Thursday, October 13th through Sunday, October 16, 2005.

The Joe Weider's Olympia event will take place at the Orleans Arena, one of the most impressive arenas in the country and worthy of the outstanding IFBB Olympia competitors. The Orleans Arena offers superior staging, lighting, and television capabilities that will provide the background for the finest, most competitive Olympia's of all time.

The Orleans Arena

The Orleans Arena is considered the "Rolls Royce" of theatres with a seating capacity of approximately 8,000 people. The $85 million dollar Orleans Arena was constructed two years ago and was specifically designed for sporting events, so that every seat offers superior viewing of the stage.

The acoustics, audio-visual technology, and numerous screens spread across the arena are state-of-the art and will enhance the live experience of attending the event.

"The Orleans Arena is the most popular arena in Las Vegas and offers a high-tech sound system and great seating," said Mr. Andy Olson, President, Magna Media International.

"In the 25 years I've been associated with the Olympia, this is the absolute best location for the premier bodybuilding event in the world," Olson said.

Ronnie vs Jay In The 2004 Olympia
At The Mandalay Bay Event Center

For our athletes, the Orleans Arena provides spacious and comfortable private locker rooms, training facilities, and meeting rooms.

The Orleans Arena is directly accessible from the street and does not require a trip through the casino floor to enter. There is also ample parking near the arena.

The Convention Center

The 2005 Olympia Expo will be held at the world-class Las Vegas Convention Center, the second largest convention facility in the country. There will be plenty of walking room with exciting exhibitions, opportunities to meet the best bodybuilding, fitness, and figure athletes in the world, and enough special events and competitions to peak the interest of the most dedicated fan.

As a free courtesy for our loyal sponsors and fans, a fleet of luxury buses will be running all day (Friday and Saturday, October 14 and 15, 2005) to shuttle fans between the Orleans Hotel-Arena and the Las Vegas Convention Centre. Each bus will be stocked with samples, sponsor products, and will be scheduled to depart every 15 minutes.

The Orleans Hotel

The Orleans Hotel provides an outstanding value for fans relative to any other hotel in Las Vegas. Located a few minutes off the Las Vegas strip, the hotel is adjacent to the Orleans Arena which makes it very convenient for fans. The rooms at the Orleans Hotel are very affordable with room rates starting at $75.00 per night on October 13 to $150.00 per night on 14 & 15 October.

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Offering the best in comfort and in service, the Orleans Hotel is family friendly and is the home to many fine and affordable restaurants, a 70-lane bowling alley, fitness spa, and a 18-screen movie theatre.

The 40th Mr. Olympia promises to be the most highly contested competition of all time as all the competitors focus on preventing Ronnie Coleman from taking his 8th consecutive title.

Joe Weider's 2005 Olympia Weekend Press Release.
The official press release for the 2005 Olympia Weekend from Team Flex.

While in Las Vegas, I encourage you to get out and take advantage of the many popular sites and events the city has to offer. On behalf of the IFBB, I thank you for your support and hope to see you there.

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