What We're Building

The future home of the National Western Stock Show

The National Western Center is being built by the City and County of Denver in partnership with the National Western Stock Show and Colorado State University. With programming support by History Colorado and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Built on the historic grounds of the National Western Stock Show, this site was the epicenter of agribusiness in the Rocky Mountain West for most of the 20th century. Just two miles north of downtown Denver, the site is a unique opportunity to connect the rural and urban economies and become the new epicenter of innovative agribusiness.

State-of-the-art spaces will play host to concerts and festivals, farmers’ markets, sporting events, trade shows, and conventions, as well as office space, business incubators, classes, public art, cultural events, family activities, shops, and more.

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National Western Center
Rendering of the National Western Center

Photo courtesy of City and County of Denver

The construction of more than 2.2 million square feet of new indoor and outdoor spaces is underway now, designed to host innovation and research labs, farmer's markets, international conferences, outdoor festivals, and the National Western Stock Show every January.

Construction is currently underway for phases 1 and 2.

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The Legacy Building
WSSA Legacy Building Rendering

The Western Stock Show Association Legacy Building, slated for completion in 2023, will be the National Western Stock Show’s world headquarters.

This building will serve as a home to all members of the National Western family. It will be a gathering place, gallery, and a watering hole for friends, cowboys, and art lovers alike. 

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Honoring the Legacy Campaign
Stockyards Event Center Rendering

Photo courtesy of City and County of Denver

The $100 million Honoring the Legacy campaign provides support for the new National Western Center, one of the nation’s most ambitious urban renewal projects. The National Western Center will not only provide a home to the incomparable NWSS for the next 100 years but also will expand and enhance this regional asset into a world-class hub for agriculture, education, and innovation.

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Dear Equestrian Community,

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Excitement has been building for almost a decade at the prospect of a new equestrian facility in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and Denver City Council recently approved a measure that supports the impending progress. Delayed due to covid complications, the time has come to design and build the new Equestrian Center as part of the National Western Center development. The plot on the west side of the new campus will feature a state-of-the-art complex built solely for year-round equestrian use , a parking structure and a proposed hotel to accommodate visitors to the facility. It will sit adjacent to the north of the Colorado State University Spur campus Vida building which houses the Temple Grandin Equine Center for equine assisted activities and therapies, the Denver Dumb Friends League small animal hospital and an equine sports rehabilitation center.

The recent vote proves the revenue stream from city tax is back to a level ready to support the construction efforts. Design and procurement will begin the process followed by construction which should result in a grand opening of the new facility in 2027. Equine community leaders have provided valuable input into the design to ensure the building will focus on the comfort and health of our animals and as provide a modern venue to showcase a variety of equestrian sports.

To follow progress on the National Western Center campus, visit nationalwesterncenter.com


Paul Andrews, President & CEO, National Western Stock Show
Brad Buchanan, CEO, National Western Center

National Western Center Partners