Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend celebrates its 50th year as the most prestigious event in the world of bodybuilding and fitness September 18-20 at the Orleans Arena.
For the ninth consecutive year, the Mr. Olympia contest — an annual bodybuilding competition sanctioned by the International Federation of Bodybuilders Professional League (IFBB Pro League) — will take center stage at the Orleans Arena. With iconic passt champions such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lee Haney, Ronnie Coleman and Las Vegas’s own Jay Cutler, this is the pinnacle of the bodybuilding sport. The whopping $1,100,000 in total prize money is the all-time highest single purse in the competition’s history.
For the first time since 1984, the Olympia competitions will be broadcast on NBC Sports Group. On October 18 at 10:30 a.m. PDT and repeated on October 25 at 2:30 p.m. PDT, NBCSN will air two 90-minute Olympia Weekend specials.
More than 100 athletes are expected to compete, with the greatest bodybuilders in the world headlining the star-studded weekend. Three-time defending champion Phil “The Gift” Heath will go for his fourth consecutive win, but standing in his way are a host of formidable challengers, led by Kai “The Predator” Greene, who placed runner-up the past two years. Greene is hungrier than ever to dethrone the champ but also knocking on the door is last year’s third-place finisher, Dennis “The Big Bad” Wolf. Shawn “Flexatron” Rhoden, Dexter “The Blade” Jackson, Roelly “The Beast” Winklaar, Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay and more round out top-notch lineup.
- On Thursday, September 18, fans will get to meet the sport’s superstars at Meet the Olympians, located at the Orleans Arena Concourse Level. VIP ticket holders and Platinum Members will be granted early entry at 7:00 p.m. Open to the general public free of charge at 8:00 p.m.
- Friday, September 19 Fitness, Bikini, Ms. Olymppia Finals and Mr. Olympia Judging 7 p.m. Reserved seating – $65 to $215
- Saturday, September 20 Figure Olympia Finals, Olympia 212 Showdown and Mr. Olympia Finals 7 p.m. Reserved seating – $80 to $265
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Orleans Arena Box Office at 702.284.7777 or by visiting www.orleansarena.com.