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TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are available for purchase on our website now! VIP, Ultimate Expo and 3-day passes are only available in advance, while supplies last.

Tickets are also available on-site at the Greater Columbus Convention Center until sold out. The box office is located in the main concourse outside Hall A.

* Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
* Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
* Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Please note there are NO REFUNDS on all ticket orders.

To upgrade your ticket(s), please email us at Info@ArnoldSports.com for assistance.

Ultimate Expo Passes, Fast Passes, 3-Day Passes and all Daily Expo Tickets provide admission to the Arnold Expo and all sports and events during the day except the Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding Championships on Thursday and Friday and the Arnold Showcase on Sunday. Daily Expo Tickets provide access to IFBB Pro League prejudging on the Arnold Expo Stage on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2.

Ultimate Expo Passes, Fast Passes, 3-Day Passes and and all Daily Expo Tickets include admission to the following events at the Greater Columbus Convention Center: Arnold Expo, Angel Fashion Show, Foosball, IFBB Pro League Prejudging (Classic Physique, Fitness and Wellness on Friday; Men’s Physique and Bikini on Saturday), Armlifting, MAS Wrestling, Strict Curl, USA Powerlifting, USA Weightlifting, XPC Powerlifting, Amateur Strongman, World’s Strongest Firefighter, ROGUE Record Breakers, 5K Pump & Run, CrossFit Endeavor, Youth DanceSport, Muay Thai, Medieval Fighting and Grappling.

Daily Expo Tickets DO NOT provide access to Friday Night Finals and Saturday Night Finals at Battelle Grand and Arnold Strongman Classic & Arnold Strongwoman Classic events in Strongman Arena.

PREMIUM BADGES FOR ALL BODYBUILDING VIP, STRONGMAN VIP AND ULTIMATE EXPO PASS HOLDERS WILL BE SHIPPED IN FEBRUARY FOR ALL VIP PACKAGES PURCHASED BY JAN. 31, 2024. VIP PACKAGES PURCHASED AFTER FEB. 1 CAN BE PICKED UP ON-SITE AT THE GREATER COLUMBUS CONVENTION CENTER.

ALL OTHER VIP AMENITIES (Arnold Classic collector’s bag filled with exclusive Arnold collectibles) will be available beginning Thursday, Feb. 29 at on-site check-in at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

VIP Check-In
All VIP Ticket Holders can pick up VIP Badge and Lanyard, if needed, and Arnold Classic collector’s bag filled with exclusive Arnold collectibles during the following hours:
Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center at B-130 and Battelle Grand


* Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (B-130 only)
* Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. (B-130 closes at 6 p.m.)
* Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

The box office is located in the main concourse outside Hall A.

* Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
* Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
* Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

VIP, Ultimate Expo and 3-day passes are only available in advance, while supplies last.

The Arnold Sports Festival has a NO REFUND POLICY on all ticket purchases.

PREMIUM BADGES WILL BE SHIPPED IN FEBRUARY FOR ALL VIP PACKAGES PURCHASED BY JAN. 31, 2024. VIP PACKAGES PURCHASED AFTER FEB. 1 CAN BE PICKED UP ON-SITE AT THE GREATER COLUMBUS CONVENTION CENTER.

ALL OTHER VIP AMENITIES (Arnold Classic collector’s bag filled with exclusive Arnold collectibles) will be available beginning Thursday, Feb. 29 at on-site check-in at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

VIP Check-In
All VIP Ticket Holders can pick up VIP Badge and Lanyard, if needed, and Arnold Classic collector’s bag filled with exclusive Arnold collectibles during the following hours:
Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center at B-130 and Battelle Grand


* Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (B-130 only)
* Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. (B-130 closes at 6 p.m.)
* Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Admission to the Arnold Expo and all events covered by the Daily Ticket is FREE for Children 14 & Under when accompanied by at least one paying adult.

All attendees regardless of age must have a ticket to attend the Friday Night Finals and Saturday Night Finals at the Battelle Grand and the Arnold Strongman Classic & Arnold Strongwoman Classic events in the Strongman Arena on Friday and Saturday, as well at the IFBB Pro League Meet & Greet on Thursday and the Arnold Sunday Showcase on Sunday.

Admission to the Rogue Record Breakers on Sunday in the Strongman Arena is covered under the Daily Expo Ticket thus Children 14 & Under are admitted free.

SPECIAL GUESTS

Check out our SPECIAL GUESTS page!

Guests are announced as they are confirmed and can be added at any time! Subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of our home page to get guest announcements and show updates straight to your inbox.

Guest appearance dates and pricing are added to the Guest page as they are received. If the appearance dates or other details are not listed we do not yet have this information available and will be unable to provide it. Please check back often for updates.

Every year a small percentage of our guests cannot join us as planned. The reasons are endless and, in some cases, leave little time to change schedules and advertising. 

If a guest cancels, we will give as much notice as possible. Also, not all guests attend for the entire event. If you are only visiting for a few hours, you may miss some of your favorite guests. Please join us for the whole weekend so you don’t miss out!

Please note: Guest appearances are subject to cancellation or schedule change due to professional and extenuating circumstances at any time. Admission is not refundable due to guest cancellation.

APP

Yes, the Arnold Sports Festival app will be available for download closer to the show.

PHOTO OPS

 

Photo Ops will be released throughout the year. You may purchase in advance from our website or purchase them from Epic Photo Ops at the show, if still available. Their location will be marked on the floor plans on the website and app.

Photo Op prices are added to the Guest page as they are received. If the price or other details are not listed we do not yet have this information available for release and will be unable to provide it. Please check back for updates.

Our Photo Ops company sets this limit and has the final word on the number of people that can pose together in one Photo Op. They typically allow up to three (3) individuals. The celebrities are not counted into this number. For more information, please visit their FAQ here.

When you enter the Photo Op booth, please have your Photo Op ticket in hand and ready to present. Have any backpacks, purses, jackets, etc. off and ready to place on the table provided inside. You will be no more than a few steps from your items. Your photo will be taken and you’ll be asked to leave the booth.

Please note that a Photo Op is not a meet and greet but a rapidly moving process. It is important that you listen for prompts from the line attendants and the photographer to ensure you get the best photo possible.

Expo Admission is required to redeem your Photo Op. If you are planning on purchasing a Photo Op, please make sure that you also purchase the necessary expo ticket. Information about our tickets can be found on our Tickets page.

You can view Epic Photo Ops FAQs by clicking here.

ACCESSIBILITY

Guide dogs and service animals are welcome at our shows, provided they are leashed or under similar control as appropriate.

We ask attendees to carry acceptable documentation and/or that service animals are properly marked (for example by wearing a vest or harness). Attendees with service animals on-site at the event assume complete responsibility for their animal for the duration of their time at the event.

EXHIBITORS

The 2024 exhibitor list will be available before the show on our website and in the app. Please check back closer to the event for the website link and details.

Exhibitor space for the 2024 Arnold Sports Festival is at an all-time high and limited floor space remains. Visit our Exhibitor Page for more information and to inquire about booth space.

The majority of exhibitors will accept credit cards, and many are cashless.

BACKPACKS, FOOD, CASH, WIFI, & MISC.

ATMs are available in limited supply at the convention center, but the majority of vendors accept credit cards, and most are cashless.

WiFi is available In the common areas of the convention center, but not within the expo itself.

Yes, bags and backpacks are permitted and are subject to search.

Yes, you may bring your own water bottle.

No, a coat/bag/luggage check is not available at the convention center and we are unable to provide a holding space for belongings.

Attendees with dietary needs are permitted to bring their own food. There are also a variety of concessions available at the event. 

There are a variety of concessions available at the event. Please note concessions do not accept cash payments.

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