Construction on the new world headquarters at the National Western Center will begin after the Stock Show concludes in January.

At its core, Denver is a cow town, and nothing speaks to that more than the annual National Western Stock Show event. In fact, it's a 110-year tradition, taking over the National Western Complex each January with rodeos, livestock shows, and more. But officials are looking to the future, wanting to ensure that the property can continue to support the show -- and the agricultural community -- for the next 100 years. “This project will support Denver’s global standing as a world-class hub for agriculture and innovation,” said Paul Andrews, president of the Western Stock Show Association.
Four new facilities will be built, including new equestrian and livestock centers, a stockyard expansion, and a 100,000-square-foot legacy building which will feature 8,000 square feet of rotating exhibit space, as well as a heritage center. Stock show officials hope that once everything is built, the grounds will feature year-round events -- not just the stock show. They believe the facilities will attract two million visitors each year, with an approximate $230 million effect on the economy. [caption id="attachment_29391" align="aligncenter" width="1296"]stock show Rendering courtesy of National Western Center[/caption] "The new campus will be a vibrant, dynamic, and accessible educational and entertainment environment in the heart of Denver that celebrates Colorado’s western heritage and solves global issues through research and collaboration," the National Western Center's website states. The $100 million project is expected to double the footprint of the grounds and will be supported by community donations. For information on how you can contribute, click here. What do you think about the plans for the National Western Complex? Are you planning to go to the Stock Show, January 6-21? What's your favorite event? Tell us in the comments below!

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