Veterans Memorial just got a little bronzer today with the installation of a new 8-foot tall 600-pound statue of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger himself was on site for the dedication, along with International Sports Hall of Fame founder Dr. Robert Goldman, sculpter Ralph Crawford, Franklin County Commissioners Marilyn Brown and John O’Grady, Franklin County Veterans Memorial President of the Board of Directors John Raphael and Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman.
The placement at Veterans Memorial is fitting, given that the venue has hosted the Arnold Sports Festival since 1989, and has hosted other bodybuilding events involving Schwarzenegger since 1970. The statue was placed on the front lawn at Vet’s Memorial.
The 24th Annual Arnold Sports Festival takes place March 1st through the 4th, which hosts over 18,000 athlete and 175,000 attendees in Downtown Columbus, which generates over $42 million in visitor spending.
More information can be found online at www.arnoldsportsfestival.com.