Feed your mind, body and spirit at the
National Western Center.

The National Western Center will be a place and platform for discovery, connection and inspiration.


From gardening 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 Spur, the CSU System campus at the National Western Center.

Spur 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 and nutrition classes, farmers markets, and a commissary kitchen for 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.

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


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 new 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, special events and everyday play.


Program Development

The National Western Center is pursuing programs in four categories (dubbed “initiatives”) that reflect our mission to convene the world in pursuit of global food solutions. Each has limitless possibilities for filling the campus and online platforms with year-round activity.

  • Growing Young Minds:
    To raise up the next generation of leaders and stewards in the food and ag economy.
  • Food and Ag Innovation Ecosystem:
    To create a vibrant and collaborative network of diverse food and ag industry leaders.
  • Experience to Impact:
    To use experiences at the National Western Center as gateways for people to learn about global food solutions.
  • Colorado Food Chain:
    To strengthen the ag value chain in Colorado and beyond by connecting its diverse stakeholders.

In 2019, the National Western Center put out a call for ideas for programs, events and partners. We received more than 250 ideas from Colorado and beyond, and used them to inform a series of open meetings designed to delve further into planning future programs and experiences. Those ideas and meetings resulted in the four initiatives; the examples above represent just a small portion of the programs we’re pursuing.

Learn more about plans for programming the campus and online platforms in the 2019 Strategic Implementation Plan, or sign up for our “Cultivate” newsletter to receive programming updates!


Sign Up for Programming Updates



A prominent urban campus in the heart of the West. A mix of modern and historic venues. Some of the biggest names in agriculture, education and entertainment. With all this and more, the National Western Center is destined to be the global destination for agricultural heritage and innovation. We invite you to join us and imagine how your organization could be part of the National Western Center from the beginning.

Contact the Programs and Partnerships Staff

Matt Barry
Chief Development Officer

Grace Hanover
Special Projects Manager

Internet Explorer versions 8 and 7 are currently not supported by this website.