The National Western Center, a future year-round destination for education, research, entertainment, and agribusiness innovation. The 250-acre campus will reinforce the National Western Stock Show’s focus on agricultural education, and create a space for innovation around food systems, one of the world’s largest issues.

Our Mission

Convene the world at the National Western Center to lead, inspire, create, educate, and entertain in pursuit of global food solutions.

Past & Present

The National Western Stock Show has a rich history on its current site dating back to the first Stock Show in 1906. What began as a small livestock show has evolved into the most prominent livestock show in the country, drawing more than 650,000 people annually.

The City & County of Denver, Colorado State University, Western Stock Show Association, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and History Colorado are partners in reimaging the site and securing the Stock Show’s presence in Denver for the next 100 years.

National Western Stock Show
Colorado State University
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
History Colorado

A Year-Round Entertainment Destination

With indoor venues from 500 to 10,000 seats and a range of unique outdoor plazas, the new National Western Center will host events year-round for visitors and residents. The campus will offer flexible facilities to accommodate programming such as festivals, concerts, horse shows, livestock shows, markets, restaurants, retail, visual and performing arts, and sporting events. The National Western Center will have something for everyone!

A Center for Experiential Learning & Research

Drawing on the sustainability expertise and research focus of Colorado State University, the National Western Center will become an epicenter for community-centric, experiential, life-long learning opportunities to inspire innovation and solve global food issues. The campus will stimulate discoveries in food systems, water, energy, environment, and human and animal health to foster global connections and advance cutting-edge research and development.

Growing the Next Generation of Agribusiness

A local campus with the opportunity to impact the world, the National Western Center will connect public, private, and community assets to create an international hub for the next generation of entrepreneurs in agriculture.

National Western Center Campus Map

A Campus of Possibilities

CSU Water Resources Center and South Platte Riverfront
Stockyards/Event Pavilion
CSU Equine Sports Medicine Clinic
Equestrian Center
Livestock Center
NWC Transit Station
Shared Use/TOD Parking Structure
Livestock Exchange Building/Flex Space
Trade Show/Exhibition Hall
New Arena
CSU Center
Colorado Commons - a public plaza
Stadium Arena Market
Coliseum Redevelopment