A place and platform for discovery, connection and inspiration.

The National Western Center will be a place where a child can cultivate her curiosity about where food comes from. Where a Colorado rancher can connect with other global ag innovators, to exchange ideas for weathering the industry’s storms. Where neighbors can shop for fresh produce at a public market, and buy local foods made at an on-site commissary kitchen. Where families can enjoy a night of music on a grassy South Platte River bend.   


Discover fun, food and festivities all year long! The campus will play host to indoor and outdoor concerts and festivals, sporting events, family activities, cultural events, dining and more.

The National Western Stock Show, the nation’s premier livestock show and rodeo, takes place each January on the site, as it has for more than a century. Other horse and livestock shows will be at home in purpose-built facilities on site.

The Stock Show’s Legacy Building will feature its expansive western art collection, a heritage center and exhibit space.

Six acres along the South Platte River will become a safe and inviting space for learning, nature, special events and everyday play.


From nutrition classes to ag-science apprenticeships and a citizen science center, the possibilities for education and research on the campus are limitless.

The campus will be home to renowned Colorado State University research programs for animal health, water, sustainability and food at CSU Spur, the CSU System campus.

CSU Spur’s buildings will include Denver Water’s new water quality research lab, and the second location of CSU’s Temple Grandin Equine Center for equine-assisted therapies.

Visitors will enjoy immersive on-campus learning experiences crafted by History Colorado and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Food and AG Innovation

Food and agriculture are the heart of the National Western Center. The historic 1909 Stadium Arena is envisioned as Denver’s first public food market, featuring local and regional vendors and producers. Complementary programs could include cooking, gardening and nutrition classes; farmers markets; and a commissary kitchen for local chefs and food entrepreneurs.

The campus will be home to ag businesses, nonprofits and retailers, as well as business incubators and accelerators. Its expansive facilities can host trade shows and conventions all year round.

CSU Spur will include an outpost for Together We Grow, an agribusiness consortium committed to improving and expanding diversity in agribusiness.


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