Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Pete Coors among speakers at Tuesday, December 12 event marking milestone in transformation the National Western Stock Show’s home into a year-round institution

DENVER, Dec. 8, 2017 – The National Western Stock Show is building a new home for the countless supporters of this longtime fixture of the American West.

The 100,000-square-foot Western Stock Show Legacy Building will be a focal point of the new National Western Center—a transformation of the aging facilities on the banks of the South Platte River into a year-round attraction.

The Legacy Building will be one of four major new facilities the Western Stock Show Association is building as a centerpiece of the nearly billion-dollar urban renewal project to reinvigorate and expand the National Western into a year-round destination for education, entertainment and agricultural innovation. The others include The Yards (a complete redesign of the stockyards into a flexible, multi-use attraction), the Equestrian Center, and the Livestock Center.

“The Legacy Building will be a home to all members of the National Western family,” said Pete Coors, chairman and chief customer relations officer of the Molson Coors Brewing Company, as well as chairman of the $100 million Honoring the Legacy Campaign supporting these four new facilities.
Denver’s Tryba Architects designed the Legacy Building, whose features will include:

  • Sweeping terraces with views of the National Western Center grounds
  • A permanent home and public display areas for the National Western’s incomparable art collection
  • A greatly expanded National Western Club with seating for up to 700 people
  • The Heritage Center to display and share National Western archives and history
  • A rotating exhibit space of more than 8,000 square feet
  • Office and conference space for the Western Stock Show Association.

“This is going to be a watering hole, a gallery space, and a place to do business for friends, cowboys and art lovers alike,” said Paul Andrews, the Western Stock Show Association’s president and CEO.

Pat Grant, chairman of the Western Stock Show Association board, added that “The Legacy Building provides a focal point for the National Western unlike any in its 111-year history.”

“This is a great plan for a place that’s going to be as functional as it is beautiful,” Grant said. “The Legacy Building embodies the National Western’s commitment to the future of the Stock Show and the educational and innovative opportunities that surround it.”

About the event:

What: The public unveiling of designs for the National Western’s new world headquarters.

Who: Speakers include Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Pete Coors, Paul Andrews and Pat Grant; they’ll be joined by Honoring the Legacy Campaign vice chairs Sue Anschutz-Rogers, Doug Jones and Ron Williams as well as representatives from Tryba Architects.

Where: The National Western Center Grounds (4701 National Western Drive)

When: 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 12.

About the Honoring the Legacy Campaign

The Honoring the Legacy campaign focuses on the creation of four core facilities that will anchor the new National Western Center for the century to come: The Legacy Building, the Yards, the Livestock Center and the Equestrian Center. The expansion and development of these new facilities will greatly enhance the visitor experience, provide the capacity to host a wider array of events throughout the year, and support increased attendance at other National Western Center facilities, both existing and future. The $100 million Honoring the Legacy campaign will provide support for many of the buildings and outdoor spaces needed to help this landmark of the West reach its full potential. For more information, visit

About the National Western Center

The new National Western Center represents a visionary transformation of the National Western Complex into a year-round destination that will not only provide a home to the incomparable National Western Stock Show for the next 100 years, but also will expand and enhance this regional asset into a world-class hub for agriculture, education and innovation. For more information, visit

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