“We are proud of him. I love this guy. He’s a friend of mine and a friend of the city of Columbus,” said Coleman, a Democrat.
The giant Arnold artwork moved to its new spot in front of the Columbus Convention Center, from the Veterans Memorial, which is slated for demolition. Since 1989 Columbus has hosted the annual Arnold Sports Festival, which now draws 18,000 athletes and 175,000 spectators for 50 events. The festival is scheduled for March 6 to March 8 next year.