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National Western Center

The National Western Center 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 
Final Draft of the 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 


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