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Win 2 Tickets to The Arnold Sports Festival This Weekend!

Mar 02

In spirit of The Arnold Sports Festival, the world’s largest multi-sport event, we are giving away two tickets to attend “The Arnold” this weekend.

This is the schedule for this year’s festival. To enter and win two tickets, which are good for all-day on one day of the weekend, comment below and indicate your favorite Arnold Sports Festival event and why.

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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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The Arnold Sports Festival: An International Sporting Event

Feb 01

From a one-day professional men’s bodybuilding competition, The Arnold Classic, 1989, to the world’s largest multi-sport and fitness weekend, The Arnold Sports Festival, 2011.


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Arnold Sports Festival Seeking Volunteers!

Jan 10

The Greater Columbus Sports Commission is seeking volunteers for the 2011 Arnold Sports Festival held March 4-6, 2011. The Arnold Sports Festival, co-produced by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Lorimer, is the largest multi-sport Festival in the nation and will take place in Columbus for the 23rd year.

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Columbus Named Finalist for 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling & Weightlifting Trials

Dec 22

Columbus has been named one of three finalists for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling & Weightlifting Trials! Joining Columbus are Council Bluffs, Iowa and Iowa City, Iowa. The Greater Columbus Sports Commission is proud to be named a finalist and we really feel strongly about our bid being the most competitive because of the city’s wrestling and weightlifting heritage, our first-class facilities and the support we’ve been able to garner.  We will get the chance to showcase Columbus’ “strong match” with wrestling and weightlifting and we also feel that there are some ways to make our bid even stronger when we go to Colorado Springs in January to present to the United States Olympic Committee.

Columbus’ wrestling heritage includes, going way back, hosting the 1967 U.S. Senior National AAU Weightlifting Championships and the 1970 World Weightlifting Championships.  Fast forwarding, in 2008, the National Weightlifting Championships were held in Columbus in conjunction with the Arnold Weightlifting Championships as a qualifying event for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Weightlifting.

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Columbus Bids on U.S. Olympic Wrestling and Weightlifting Trials

Dec 01


Columbus is proud to be one of seven cities that bid on the 2012 Olympic Trials for Wrestling & Weightlifting along with Council Bluffs (IA), Greensboro (NC), Hampton (VA), Iowa City (IA), Oklahoma City (OK) and Pontiac (MI).  We are excited to potentially host this event in partnership with the 19,700-seat Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center with target date for the event being the weekend of April 20-21, 2012.

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