Cheers to 70 Years!


Here at the National Western, roots run deep and history is never forgotten. 70-years ago today, on the eve of the 1952 National Western Stock Show, the history of the show was changed, forever. January 10, 1952, marked the beginning of Stock Show as we know it today with the official dedication of the Denver Coliseum.

Denver Coliseum in 1952

Now a staple to the Stock Show, this venue has hosted thousands of events during its 70-year run. From sporting events of all sorts, concerts by Sinatra, The Jackson 5, Elvis, The Stones, and many more; there is still one main thing that comes to mind when you hear the words Denver Coliseum: the National Western Stock Show. Whether as a child or an adult, the history of the coliseum is imprinted on the heart of every Coloradan. From getting your first cowboy hat and seeing your first rodeo, to your first eight-second ride. From winning that huge trophy as a Mutton Buster to sparking a life-long passion for agriculture through the Catch-A-Calf program; every Coloradan has a special place for the Denver Coliseum in their memories of the National Western Stock Show.

With this platinum anniversary, and the opening of our new Stock Yards Event Center this year, we cannot help but reflect on the dedication of City and County of Denver elected officials, employees, and partners over the last seven decades. Although this anniversary will not be celebrated with fireworks, balloons, cake or a party; we hope that you join us in reflecting on the history and reverence of this monumental venue. There truly is no place like the Denver Coliseum and no place like Stock Show.

Blog by Kendal Powell, 2022 Marketing & Media Intern

Kendal Powell, 2022 Marketing & Media Intern

About the Author:

Kendal Powell is a junior at West Texas A&M University pursuing a degree in Agriculture Media and Communications. At West Texas A&M, she is involved in Collegiate Farm Bureau, FFA, and Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow. After graduation, she hopes to start her own herd of beef cattle while also following her passions with photography and videography. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and doing anything with people. Stock Show runs deep in her veins, as she has sought out this internship since the seventh grade, and participated in the Catch-A-Calf program here in 2015.