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Inside the Greater Columbus Convention Center, hundreds of makeshift hospital rooms have been set up for coronavirus patients.
Greater Columbus Convention Center

In a large convention hall, hundreds of makeshift hospital rooms are lined up in rows like curtained off cubicles. This pop-up sick ward is meant to backstop local hospitals if cases of COVID-19 surge.

The Greater Columbus Convention Center will be the "surge site" if Central Ohio hospitals exceed capacity during the coronavirus outbreak.
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Mount Carmel Health System, Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center and Ohio Health have named the Greater Columbus Convention Center as their coronavirus "surge" site.

Matthew Scott of Cincinnati was waiting in line Thursday at the Arnold Sports Festival when he found out spectators weren't allowed in.
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It’s been a chaotic couple of days for the Arnold Sports Festival. First came word the expo was cancelled and spectators would be limited to a few competitions, then festival organizers said fans could come watch.

 Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
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The state of Ohio has issued a public health order prohibiting most spectators at this week's Arnold Sports Festival. Event organizers say they will comply with the restrictions.

Greater Columbus Convention Center
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Ohio's governor and the mayor of Columbus announced this week they would limit spectators for this year’s Arnold Sports Festival over concerns about the coronavirus. But the impact on other major events coming to the city is still uncertain.

Product Delivered to the Greater Columbus Convention Center for the 2020 Arnold Fitness Expo
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The cancellation of this week's Arnold Fitness Expo has vendors who anticipated marketing their products at the annual event returning home earlier than expected. 

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger shakes hands and signs autographs for wrestlers and their families during the Arnold Sports Festival Sunday, March 8, 2009, in Columbus, Ohio.
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Businesses in downtown Columbus and the Short North suddenly have a lot of sales to make up, with the cancellation of the Arnold Fitness Expo and the banning of most spectators from the affiliated Arnold Sports Festival.

Arnold Sports Festival at the Great Columbus Convention Center in 2018.
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The annual Arnold Sports Festival arrives in Columbus on Thursday, and officials are taking action to halt the spread of the coronavirus amid the flood of athletes and onlookers. 

Nancy Recchie and Jeff Darbee

Nancy Recchie and Jeff Darbee had their hearts broken when crews demolished one of Columbus’s most famous landmarks. But the loss of the historic building also started their lives together.

Democratic candidates on stage at a presidential primary debate at Texas Southern University on Sept. 12, 2019.
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The national Democratic chairman and four of the party's 2020 presidential contenders are scheduled to headline the Ohio Democratic Party's biggest annual fundraiser.

Canopy by Hilton at 77 E. Nationwide Blvd is set to open by August.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

A hotel building boom in downtown Columbus and Short North will create nearly 1,100 new rooms within the next several years. City officials believe adding hotels will make Columbus more competitive for large conventions and create thousands of jobs.

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The 2019 Arnold Sports Festival is returning to Columbus this weekend, along with hundreds of thousands fans. The event's organizers are putting together the final preparations in the hopes of having a smooth festival. 

Tom Manning at the expo.
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The Greater Columbus Convention Center hums as exhibitors put the finishing touches on their booths for the three-day Ohio Entrepreneur Expo.

Paul Werth Associates, Inc.

Columbus officials are all excited about the expansion of the Hilton Columbus Downtown into the city's first 1,000-room convention hotel.


The Greater Columbus Convention Center completed a $140 million expansion and renovation this week, which includes the unveiling of 200 original pieces of local artwork to decorate the center. But it's a 14-foot-tall sculpture that will likely become the face of the project.