National Western Center
The National Western Stock Show has a rich history in Denver, CO dating back to the first Stock Show in 1906. The show started as a livestock show in the historic “yards” and now has evolved into a 16 day event featuring rodeos, horse shows, Colorado’s largest Western trade show, and the most prominent livestock show in the country.
National Western leadership is currently working with a multitude of partners including the City and County of Denver, Colorado State University, the Museum of Nature and Science and History Colorado to explore a site plan that would reinvent the complex for the next 100 years. To read more about what this means for Stock Show and to see progress and plans, click here.
The National Western Center (NWC) campus, to be built in phases over an estimated 10 years, will be an international center of excellence in agricultural innovation, education, research, technology and imagination as well as entertainment and competition, serving the needs and interests of farmers, ranchers, tourists, researchers, students and educators around the world.
NWC master-planning was completed in spring of 2015. In November 2015, Denver voters overwhelmingly authorized public funding for phases I and II of the proposed NWC, which supports over 80% of the site’s redevelopment. When combined with $250 million in state funding for Colorado State University’s facilities on campus, the project budget totals over $1.1 billion.
- Planning for new infrastructure and public plazas connecting campus to surrounding communities
- Riverfront activation
- New stockyards and events pavilion
- New livestock and equestrian centers
- CSU Equine sports medicine facility
- CSU Water Resources Center
- Land Acquisition
- Rail Consolidation
- Site Prep- Selective Demolition/Structure Demolition
- Remediation of Structures and Soils
- Site entitlements
Futures phases will include:
- New Arena
- New Expo Hall
- Restored 1909 Stadium Arena
- CSU Center
- Restored Armour Administration Building
- Translational veterinary medical science
- Modern food system research and management
- Modern food system security and safety
- Agricultural research and development
- Business incubation
- Experiments in urban agriculture
- Bridging urban and rural interests about agricultural
- Western art and history
- Water systems management and research
- Natural sciences and resource management
- Global-level conferences and cross cultural integration and activation
- Expert-led agricultural education
- Historic stock show event
- New equestrian and livestock events
- Expanded trade show events
National Western Complex
4655 Humboldt St.
Denver, CO 80216