The National Western Center will retain a major focus on events, but its vastly enhanced offerings will be capable of not only honoring the Stock Show’s long history and ensuring its continued success, but also of becoming a dynamic global engagement center that brings together preschool-12 experiential learning, research, commerce, competition, tourism and entertainment for the next 100 years. We expect an additional million visitors a year and to more than double the $115 million in annual economic contribution from today’s Complex.
The National Western Center will serve as a catalyst for the new west and a new way of thinking. It will set a new and higher standard that focuses on the stewardship of our land and investment in our agricultural resources to become a global leader in food production, research, water, energy and agriculture. It will tell the story of our frontier spirit through strong partnerships, a celebration of our Western heritage and pioneering opportunities for the future.
In addition, the Platte River, today brown and desolate, will go green and become inviting. A new commuter rail transit stop – a single stop from Union Station, Denver’s version of Grand Central – will provide quick access to the National Western Center from the heart of one of the nation’s most attractive and fastest-growing cities. The I-70 East project will improve already excellent highway and international airport access. The drivers and passengers in the 150,000 vehicles that pass by each day will take in a new, inviting development, a place that reflects the city’s commitment to the greatness of the American West and our agricultural foundations.
For much more detail on the National Western Center’s planning, status, funding, schedule and more, visit the City and County of Denver’s National Western Center website.