The Arnold Sports Festival Birmingham: bodybuilding events, car parking, tickets

The Arnold Sports Festival UK is coming to Birmingham, and will feature sports competitions such as body building.

The Arnold Sports Festival UK is the world’s largest health, fitness and mult-sport festival.

The festival was founded in 1989 by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Lorimer.

It is set to take place from September 23 to 25 in Birmingham’s NEC arena.

The three day festival will feature sport competitions, product stalls, and Q&A sessions with sporting legends.

Bodybuilding events at Arnold Sports Festival

Athletes will have the opportunity to step on stage as an amateur, qualify as a pro and return to the stage that evening with the chance to be crowned ‘The Arnold Classic UK Champion.’


The Arnold Classic UK Champion will also qualify for the prestigious Mr. Olympia.

The amateur show will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the evening final Pro Show taking place on the Sunday evening in our 5,000 seater Internal Stadium.

The following pro-divisions are set to take place:

  • Men’s Open Bodybuilding
  • Women’s Bikini
  • Men’s Physique
  • Men’s Classic Physique
  • Women’s Fitness
  • Men’s 212
  • Women’s Figure
  • Women’s Physique

Other sporting competitions to take place are:

  • Arnold Strongman UK in association with Giants Live
  • PowerliftingCrossFit Arnold Fitness Games
  • Combat Zone
  • Boxing
  • Gymnastics
  • Cheerleading
  • Arm Wrestling
  • Dance


Who can I meet?

The following celebrities are doing meet and greets, Q&A sessions and photos:

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Eddie Hall
  • Sugar Ray Leonard
  • David Goggins
  • Ronnie Coleman
  • Tia-Clair Toomey
  • Mat Fraser
  • Jay Cutler
  • Micheal Bisping

Prices range from £0-£336.

How to get tickets


To purchase a ticket, you need to book online through the Arnold Sports Festival website or through Eventbrite.

You must have your printed E-ticket and bar code ready to show the team on arrival.

If you are unable to print your ticket, you can show it on your mobile device.

Tickets will not be available to buy on the door.

Where is the Arnold Sports Festival UK taking place?

The Arnold Sports Festival UK will take place in halls 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 of the NEC Birmingham.


There will  be directional signage when you get onsite at the NEC.

Ticket entry times

  • Platinum ticket holders – 09:00am
  • Early access ticket holders – 09:00am
  • General Admission ticket holders – 11:00am

The event entry gates will shut one hour before the event closes, at 4pm.

Car parking

The NEC has over 16,500 parking spaces available, including designated parking areas for blue badge holders.


Parking if booked online in advance is at a reduced rate of £12 per day as opposed to £16 on the day. There is also express parking available for £20.

Further information can be found on the NEC website.