By Neola Wilby
119 years after the Royal Albert Hall held its last professional weightlifting competition, we’re super excited to be bringing strength sports back to the place it all began – the world’s most famous stage!
Feats of strength were first witnessed at the Hall in 1881 and reached a peak in 1901 with the Great Competition – judged by the one and only Eugen Sandow and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The 2020 Strongman Classic will be the Hall’s first professional weightlifting competition since then!
As a World’s Strongest Man qualifying event, The Strongman Classic will feature five competitive events, drawing inspiration from the Hall’s earliest generation of weightlifting, bringing an old-time strongman edge with historic lifts likely to include the Pillars of Hercules, Circus Dumbbell and legendary stone carries. PLUS! World record attempts and all the adrenaline-filled action Giants Live is known for!
Lucy Noble, Artist Director of the Royal Albert Hall, said: “119 years later and the Hall is still hosting the world’s greatest range of shows–from rock & pop to classical, sumo to chess, boxing, tennis and now a professional strongman competition. We can’t wait to see these athletes raise the roof, literally.”
Darren Sadler, Giants Live Director, added “We couldn’t ask for a more perfect setting to celebrate the oldest sport in the world. To bring our athletes to this iconic venue and the very same stage where Eugen Sandow once stood – it is a significant moment for the sport and will be the crowning jewel in the 2020 World’s Strongest Man Arena Tour.”
Previous athletes have included current World's Strongest Man, Martins Licis, Game of Thrones star, The Mountain Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, deadlift-record-breaking Beast Eddie Hall, and young hopeful Mateusz Kieliszkowski.
The Strongman Classic will be filmed for broadcast on Channel 5 at Christmas 2020.
History, heritage and herculean strength – this is a celebration of strength sports that you don’t wanna miss!