Arnold Sports Festival 2016: Everything You Need To Know



The 2016 Arnold Fitness EXPO will again feature more than 900 booths of the latest in sports equipment, apparel and nutrition and a stage that hosts unique, non-stop competitions and entertainment that combine to make the Arnold Fitness EXPO the heart of the Arnold Sports Festival.

The Arnold Fitness EXPO, in the main hall of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, is the nation’s largest health and fitness exposition. It annually showcases leading businesses and organizations showcasing the latest trends in the industry.

“The Fitness EXPO is among the must-see attractions at the Arnold Sports Festival for many of the Weekend’s 185,000 attendees, and at just $20 per day is the best value in all of sports entertainment,” said Jim Lorimer, co-producer of the Arnold Sports Festival. “We have attracted all of the top industry companies that will all put together elaborate displays that will once again draw jam-packed crowds to the Greater Columbus Convention Center.”

The EXPO Stage hosts the Arnold Strongman Classic and prejudging for the Arnold Classic 212, Fitness International, Figure International, Arnold Classic Physique and Physique International competitions. Other highlights include Arnold Amateur Strongman, Arnold Armwrestling and the Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding finals.



Friday, March 4, 2016

9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

(EXPO opens at 8:30 a.m. for VIP Ticket Holders) 

Saturday, March 5, 2016 

9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

(EXPO opens at 8:30 a.m. for VIP Ticket Holders) 

Sunday, March 6, 2016 

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

(EXPO opens at 9:30 a.m. for VIP Ticket Holders) 

Complete Schedule of Events



A Daily EXPO ticket will cost $15 in advance (including ticketmaster fees) and $20 at the door. This ticket is only good for one day, so if you're planning on attending all three days (March 4-6) there is a package deal (3 tickets) for $30 in advance (including Ticketmaster fees) which saves you from having to pay three at the door admissions for $60 total. The Daily EXPO ticket includes admission to countless events such as Amateur Strongman World Championships, Fencing, USA Powerlifting, Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO, and Fitness International and Figure International prejudging for Arnold Amateur Men’s Bodybuilding, Women’s Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure & Bikini finals.

Additional Ticket Information



There will be an Arnold Downtown Shuttle Bus service providing free transportation from most of the major parking areas to the Greater Columbus Conference Center. In addition, an Arnold Express Shuttle Service will run between the Ohio Expo Center and the Greater Columbus Conference Center. Both services are free. 

The COTA bus system is available throughout the Great Columbus Area. Visit for fares and specific times.

Some of the popular parking locations are the Ohio Statehouse garage, RiverSouth garage, the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Nationwide Arena, Standard Parking lots, and many area garages and downtown lots.

Pre-purchased parking is also available starting at $18. This guarantees parking in advance for Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5. More details can be found here.

Attendees can also use Panda Parking for guaranteed parking in advance.

Click here for a map of parking and for more information concerning parking and shuttles.

General Information On Getting Around Columbus



This year, festival attendees have a chance to compete for a chance to win lunch with Arnold himself in the #ArnoldStatue Photo Contest on Instagram.

Post your #ArnoldStatue photo to Instagram and the @TheArnoldStatue Instagram account will re-post your picture.

The winner, determined by number of "likes" and the Arnold Judging Panel, will be announced Sunday, March 6.

Local teen magician featured in this year's Arnold talent show

The 17-year-old Centennial High School student is self-taught, though he says he’s more of a close-up artist.  While he may not be able to make himself disappear yet, Phil has perfected his card tricks, coin cons, and over the last seven years, he’s put a little more magic up his sleeve.

SLIDESHOW: Around the 2015 Arnold Sports Festival