Frequently asked questions

  • Who are the main partners in the National Western Center project?

    Colorado State University System, City and County of Denver, Western Stock Show Association, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and History Colorado are the five founding partners of the National Western Center redevelopment.

    Denver Water and Dumb Friends League have become major programmatic partners within the CSU buildings, and partners are added regularly to the CSU efforts, as well as the larger National Western Center redevelopment.

  • Why is the CSU System involved?

    As Colorado’s land-grant institution, CSU was founded on the principles of research, service, and outreach — thus, providing mission-alignment with the National Western Center redevelopment project.

    The University is also a natural fit as a National Western Center key partner due to its long history with the National Western Stock Show, as well as educational expertise and innovation in the areas of water, food, health and veterinary medicine, and sustainability.

  • How will CSU's buildings be funded?

    In 2015, the Colorado legislature provided state funding of $200 million for CSU to build three facilities at the National Western Center: Vida, the water building (name TBA), and the food and agriculture building (name TBA). Another $50 million was allocated for the construction of complementary and support facilities on the CSU campus in Fort Collins: Health Education Outreach Center, Translational Medicine Institute, and Equine Vet Teaching Hospital.

  • What is CSU System's focus at the NWC?

    CSU System is focused around food, water, sustainability, and human and animal health. These areas of focus are intended to encompass a variety of subject areas relevant to the most pressing global issues and to fit within a context of arts, culture, and economic development on the National Western Center site.

  • Why is the CSU Spur campus in Denver?

    The National Western Center formed when several partners came together to make sure that the National Western Stock Show continued to stay in Denver. To make this happen, the City & County of Denver proposed redeveloping the Stock Show site into a year-round destination.

    CSU System joined the project as the educational anchor, and gained support from the Colorado legislature to build three buildings focused on public access to education and research on pressing world issues. Those three buildings make up CSU Spur, a campus within the larger National Western Center campus. As a System offering, CSU Spur will represent CSU Fort Collins, CSU Global, and CSU Pueblo, as well as be a platform for external partners to share programming.

  • How will CSU Spur be partnering with other entities?

    CSU System is actively seeking strategic partnerships for the CSU Spur campus. Community is core to CSU Spur, and is committed to educational access and meaningful community engagement. CSU System has committed to an Anchor Institution framework at CSU Spur, and is working with schools and non-profits in the surrounding communities to provide academic and economic opportunities through the CSU Spur campus.

    The National Western Citizens Advisory Committee is made up of local residents who helped shape the site’s Master Plan.

    The University has already formed partnerships with Denver Water, the Denver Dumb Friends League, and Together We Grow.

    CSU System has a long-standing commitment to the neighborhoods and organizations in the areas surrounding the future CSU Spur campus. The University has developed more than 15 partnerships with local organizations and schools, and has taken the approach of getting to know – and listening to – the community, supporting the multitude of assets in the community already.

    CSU’s programming in the community to-date is reflective of the offerings the University will have at CSU Spur.

  • What are CSU Spur's educational offerings?

    The CSU Spur campus will offer experiential educational opportunities for all ages, including food systems discovery, river-based water research, and animal and human health offerings. CSU System aims to contribute programming that provides a positive local and global impact.

  • When will the CSU buildings open?

    CSU Spur is comprised of three buildings focused around the themes of water, food, and health.

    Vida, the building focused on animal and human health, broke ground in May 2020 and will be completed in Fall 2021.

    The next two buildings focused on food and water (names TBA) will break ground in Fall 2020 and open in 2022.

  • Will CSU System compete with outside organizations through its services at CSU Spur?

    No. As a public institution CSU System cannot compete with outside entities. All of the services provided at CSU Spur will be delivered in collaboration with professional and/or nonprofit groups.

  • How can I learn more?

    The National Western Center Master Plan can be viewed here. Sign up for our quarterly newsletter here, and follow @CSUSpur on social media.

    Please email with any questions or feedback about the CSU Spur campus.


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