The Columbus Sports Scene Blog

Blog Archive for February 2011

National Sports Articles About Columbus Touting the “The Arnold” and Nationwide Arena

Feb 28

In recent weeks, there have been two national articles written about Columbus sporting events.  The first was an article in the Chicago Tribune on Arnold Schwarznegger and the history of the Arnold Sports Festival, which is taking place this weekend.  The second was an article in SportsBusiness Journal (SBJ), the preeminent business publication in sports, on Nationwide Arena being an industry benchmark for design in arenas around the country as it celebrates its 10-year anniversary.

The Chicago Tribune’s Richard Warren starts out with Schwarzenegger winning a bodybuilding competition in Columbus in 1970, thanks to Jim Lorimer.  That led Arnold to return and host a series of bodybuilding competitions in Columbus that evolved into the Arnold Classic and then evolved into the huge, multisport extravaganza called the Arnold Sports Festival.  The three-day festival draws more athletes than the Summer and Winter Olympics combined with as many as 175,000 people from all over the world journey to Columbus to watch 18,000 athletes compete in 46 events, 13 of them also Olympic sports.  Much larger cities have tried to muscle the “Arnold,” as it’s known locally, away from Columbus, but it’s Schwarzenegger’s steadfast loyalty to Lorimer that keeps it in the Buckeye State.

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Capital Set to Host NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field National Championships in March

Feb 25

This spring, Columbus will be a part of NCAA track history as Capital University and Ohio Wesleyan will host both the NCAA Division III national indoor and outdoor track & field championships, respectively. 

Bexley’s Capital will host the outdoor championships in The Capital Center on campus Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12. Competition will begin at 9:30 on March 11 and 9 a.m. on March 12.  Deleware’s Ohio Wesleyan will host the outdoor championships in May on campus at Selby Field.

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Downtown Dodgeball

Feb 23

Dodgeball teams are a real hit, recently featured in The Columbus Dispatch, introduced a new Downtown dodgeball league, Crush Cabin Fever with Downtown Dodgeball, formed by the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District.  Most anyone can play dodgeball or at least scream loud enough to not to get slammed. If you are interested in this awesome opportunity, get the skinny below. For more information click here: dodgeball. 

The Skinny:

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Columbus’ Sports Pride Shows Strength Again

Feb 22

After Columbus, which is known for having some of the country’s best sports fans, gained more national notoriety for being one of the nation’s top household viewership markets for the Super Bowl, the city is showing more of its fan avidity and Columbus Sports Pride for its local teams.  In two recent Dispatch articles, fans have created special sections to enhance the home-court advantage for the Buckeyes men’s basketball team and the home-ice advantage for the Blue Jackets.

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The Women’s Sports Report

Feb 18

We are very excited to announce the first Women’s Sports Report, hosted by the Greater Columbus Sports Commission. 

The Women’s Sports Report is a celebratory breakfast honoring the athletic successes and achievements, both on the playing field and off, of women and girls in Central Ohio. 

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Columbus Crew Soccer is World-Class Soccer

Feb 17

The Columbus Crew have a lot of good things going on as they head into their season (tickets are on-sale!). This past summer Columbus showed their appreciation for the Crew and “World-Class Soccer” by being the ninth-largest market in World Cup viewership for the USA vs. England match.


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The Columbus International Film + Video Festival presents: Pinned

Feb 14

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Columbus Ranked Third-Highest Television Market in Viewership for Super Bowl XLV

Feb 09

We all know that Columbus is a major sports town. That was nationally recognized in 2008 when Scarborough Sports Marketing ranked Columbus at the #1 sports town in all the land.  Since then, Columbus continues to show it’s a city with fanatical fan base.

Earlier this week, Jeff Bell at Columbus Business First, reported that for this past weekend’s SuperBowl XLV, Columbus had one of the nation’s top household viewership ratings for the game, according to overnight numbers from Nielsen Co.

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Discounted Tickets, Hurry!

Feb 08

The Buckeyes take on Purdue, Thursday (February 10) at Nationwide Arena. Tip-off is at 6:00 p.m. Your chance to purchase discounted tickets expires soon ! Tickets have been discounted 50% and are just $10 for general admission. Click discounted tickets to reserve your seats. Remember to enter promo code “OSU.” 

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Columbus Continues to be a Leader in Sports Medicine

Feb 07

Columbus continues to be a leader in sports medicine and that leadership will be sustained with the news from the Columbus Dispatch and Columbus Business First that Nationwide Children’s Hospital will build a $6.3 million, 25,000-square-foot sports-medicine and orthopedic center in Dublin.  The articles state some great points… – LL

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