CoBank, one of the largest private providers of credit to the U.S. rural economy, has made a $5 million investment in the new National Western Center, securing naming rights to two facilities in the much-anticipated development which will serve as a global destination for agricultural heritage and innovation.
In recognition for their generous support, two facilities will be named within the Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Livestock Center: the CoBank Livestock Arena and the CoBank Livestock Auction Arena. The 146,000 square-foot CoBank Livestock Arena will be the centerpiece of the new Livestock Center. With seating for up to 5,000, the space will be one of the most vital and heavily trafficked locations on the National Western Center campus during the National Western Stock Show and throughout the year.
“CoBank’s gift represents a huge leap forward in making the National Western Center vision a reality,” said Pete Coors, chairman of the Molson Coors Beverage Company, as well as chairman of the $100 million Honoring the Legacy campaign.
“As a proud member of the Farm Credit System and a leading provider of financial services to rural America, CoBank is committed to the future of agriculture and the other vital rural industries we serve,” said CoBank President and Chief Executive Officer, Thomas Halverson. “The CoBank and Farm Credit missions align directly with the vision for the new National Western Center, which will become a world-class hub for agriculture, education, and innovation. We are delighted to be a part of this effort, which will introduce the vitality and possibilities of agriculture to new audiences and new generations.”