“Right now the Arnold Classic weighs in at $42 million in visitor spending for that one weekend, which is an enormous sum of money for the community," says Executive Director of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission Linda Logan. The report goes on to detail how local hotels, restaurants and gyms take on extra hands to meet all of the added demand for accommodation and services that go with hosting the event.
It already looks like there is a great atmosphere building ahead of the event, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend. Along with all the exciting weightlifting events, competitive jump roping will be making its debut at the festival this year. Check out some of the awesome tricks from world champion jump roper Tori Boggs in the video below.
It's all happening in Columbus this weekend, so if you are down there to compete or to support, have a blast! Visit the Arnold Classic website for everything you need to know about this week's festival. And check out a gallery of the biggest names to win The Arnold.