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National Western Center

The National Western Center (NWC) represents a visionary transformation of the National Western Complex and Denver Coliseum sites into a must-see destination and regional asset, enhancing these current Denver landmarks through creative year-round activity. With a combined 130 acres of redeveloped land, the National Western Center will support Denver’s global standing as a world-class hub for the Western way of life.  The master planning effort will bolster a variety of opportunities through the involvement of our partners including Colorado State University, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, History Colorado and an Advisory Committee made up of residents, business owners and other stakeholders from the surrounding Globeville, Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods. In short, the NWC can become an international model for a synergistic educational and R&D community – with those entire words writ broad and adapted to the evolving definitions of mid-21st century populations.

The National Western Center celebrates the pioneering spirit and promise of the West through year-round experiential lifelong learning, the arts, entertainment, competition and commerce.

National Western Center New Zone District 
This text amendment proposes to introduce a new zone district to begin the implementation of the National Western Center Master Plan vision, consistent with the recently-adopted Globeville and Elyria and Swansea Neighborhood Plans.

Regional Tourism Act Application 
City & County of Denver RTA Application 

City Council Documents 
Master Plan for the National Western Center 
NWC Master Plan Appendices 

Learn more about the National Western Center Planning Efforts
NWC Fact Sheet
NWC Vision Statement
NWC Study Area
Public Meeting #2 on August 26, 2014, Presentation 
Public Meeting #3 on September 30, 2014 Presentation

National Western Complex and Colorado Convention Center Feasibility Study
Feasibility Study Summary
Feasibility Study Executive Summary

Supporting Documents: 

National Western Historic Preservation Study 
National Western Stock Show First 25 Years 
National Western Stock Show Second 25 Years 
National Western Stock Show Third 25 Years 
National Western Stock Show Last 25 Years 
Denver's Smart Jobs Development Vision (2013) 
National Western Stock Show Business Plan Review Report - DURA
National Western Center Partnership MOU
River North (South Platte River) Master Plan 
38th & Blake Station Area Plan 


Founded by the National Western Stock Show in 2013, the inaugrual National Western Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) was comprised of 27 members, with significant representation from residents and business owners who live or work within the Globeville, Elyria, Swansea and RiNo neighborhoods. Since its inception, the CAC has met monthly actively participating in the review of the master plan during its development and creation of new zoning for the NWC. 

The CAC will continue as an active community voice as the the NWC Master Plan moves into implementation. 

For Meeting Agendas, Meeting Minutes and other support documentation, visit 

The NWC Executive Oversight Committee (EOC) serves as the interim governance working group to advance and guide the implementation of the National Western Center master plan as adopted by Denver City Council in March 2015. Members are appointed by the Mayor and will serve until a more formalized governance structure is implemented to oversee the design, construction, operations and maintenance of the new NWC Campus. The EOC consists of 9 members representing NWC partners and community. Meetings are monthly and are open to the public. Meetings are listed under the NDCC Calendar.  

The Capital Funding Alignment Subcommittee (CFAS) is responsible for coordinating the strategic alignment and leveraging of the various “capital stack” sources in the delivery of the NWC Plan.  Members of the CFAS include subject matter experts from partner entities as formally designated representatives and a community representative from the CAC. CFAS meets bimonthly and meetings are open to the public. Meetings are listed under the NDCC Calendar.  

The Event Programming Advisory Subcommittee (EPAS) is charged with exploring the development of new partnerships and programming in the creation of a year round destination at the NWC campus, along with alignment opportunities between the Colorado Convention Center and the NWC. EPAS consists of a variety of community and business representatives with experience in diverse programming elements. At this time, EPAS is meeting monthly and meetings are open to the public. Public meetings are listed in the NDCC Calendar. 


National Western Center Overview from Colorado State University on Vimeo.

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Citizens Advisory Committee

Resident involvement in creating a vision for the National Western Center is key to the success of the plan.  A Citizens Advisory Council has been created to focus on generating input and ideas from surrounding key stakeholders.

Roger Sherman