Pumping Up for the 2018 Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus [GIVEAWAY INSIDE]

the Arnold Sports Festival

Get ready, sports and fitness enthusiasts – the 2018 Arnold Sports Festival is almost here!

Celebrating its 30th year, the Arnold Sports Festival – which runs March 1-4 – gathers thousands of athletes from around the world to downtown Columbus, where they compete in more than 70 competitions ranging from strength and martial arts to dance and Olympic sport.

At the heart of the Festival is the Arnold Fitness EXPO, held inside the massive Columbus Convention Center. This event brings together more than 1,000 brands specializing in sports equipment, apparel and nutrition, and features two stages that host fun and unique entertainment and competitions.

For Downtown Columbus residents and visitors looking to pump themselves up for everything the Festival has to offer, there are tons of great restaurants in the nearby Arena District offering delicious food and fun.

After checking out our Columbus restaurant recommendations for The Arnold, keep scrolling for the chance to win a six-month membership to the Arena District Athletic Club!


Ted’s Montana Grill

Need a protein boost before competing (or spectating) at the 2018 Arnold Sports Festival? Beef up at Ted’s Montana Grill, located in the heart of the Arena District!

The specialty at Ted’s is their premium, all-natural, ranch-raised bison – an American superfood that comes packed with flavor and nutrients.

With several juicy burger options to choose from – including Ted’s Bacon Cheeseburger, a local favorite – this Arena District restaurant is the perfect choice to boost your stamina for a long weekend at the Arnold Sports Festival.

Ted’s Cadillac Burger

Veranico Kitchen + Provisions

2018 Arnold Sports Festival competitors need to eat lots of healthy food to ensure they have the peak energy and strength needed to win. And if you’re a spectator, healthy food puts you in a better mood and allows you to walk around the Columbus Convention Center for much longer stretches. Whichever category you fall into, Veranico is the place to go to get your healthy food fix in downtown Columbus!

This fast-casual Arena District restaurant specializes in all things healthy – partnering with local Ohio food vendors to bring you everything from tasty salad bowls and paninis to homemade soups and fresh-pressed juices. For the more casual Arnold Sports spectator, Veranico also features a back-bar area that offers local Ohio craft beers and wines.

The Three-Legged Mare

After a day of competitions at the 2018 Arnold Sports Festival, many competitors and spectators will probably be looking for a bit of nighttime fun. If you love Irish pubs with tasty fare and flowing beer, The Three-Legged Mare is the place to be! This Arena District sports bar features bar games, incredible food and drink specials and more than 15 big-screen TVs playing sports like rugby and soccer.

For Arnold Sports fans needing a bite to eat before the events, The Three-Legged Mare offers delicious, protein-packed brunch from 10 AM – 2 PM on Saturdays and Sundays – with popular menu items including Irish Breakfast, Fish Sandwich and Mare Benedict (the restaurant’s unique take on eggs benedict).

Stay in Shape at Arena District Athletic Club [GIVEAWAY]

It’s not uncommon for spectators at the Arnold Sports Festival – after seeing some of the world’s strongest, most athletic men and women – to be inspired to ramp up their exercise and fitness regimen. For residents of downtown Columbus, there are few options better than the Arena District Athletic Club!

The ADAC features state-of-the-art equipment, knowledgeable and motivational personal trainers and a wide array of free fitness classes – including cardio, spin, barre fusion, yoga and boot camp.

Want to win a six-month membership to the Arena District Athletic Club? If you are not currently a member, fill out the contest form below to get entered!


Bill Brown – General Manager, Arena District Athletic Club

Score extra entry points when you share a picture of yourself on our Facebook pages in front of the Arena District photo station at the Arnold. 

Visit the Arena District photo wall at the Arnold! You may want to pass the camera so you can strike your pose!