National Western complex goes to pot: Welcome to the Mile (really) High City

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If the National Western Stock Show moves to Aurora -- and don't hold your breath for a big financial farewell from Denver voters -- it will leave one big gap in a part of Denver that's already been a dump site for polluting industries and a neighborhood-dividing Interstate. So why not an empty, hundred-plus-year-old Arena, a sixty-year-old coliseum and other abandoned facilities?

There are only so many monster truck shows that this metro area can sustain -- and no matter where it's built, a new National Western complex will need to fill the joint during the 345 days a year when it isn't occupied by the Stock Show.

But that's Aurora's problem. Denver will have to deal with uses for the land where the current complex is located, which doesn't seem a likely candidate for a big Lowry or Stapleton urban infill project.

Our solution? The world's largest grow facility for medical marijuana. After all, there are already growhouses along the Platte and up Brighton Boulevard, in all those old industrial spaces.

And while we hear that the National Western hasn't been very friendly to featuring any MMJ activities in the upcoming Denver County Fair, there's no denying that pot is one of this state's biggest cash crops. In fact, if Denver hurries, it could submit a regional tourism subsidy application to the state -- the deadline is today, which explains the wild ride to find a new location for the Natonal Western -- asking for financial help to turn the spot into a working farm/pharmacy pot amusement park.

Welcome to the Mile (really) High City, where there's some pot in every chicken!

Take that, Aurora.

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Benstapleton
Benstapleton

I can't wait to go urban exploring at the Colesium.

Dana Cain
Dana Cain

I'd REALLY love to see the current Stock Show Complex become the "Denver County Fairgrounds!"   If the complex moves to Aurora, there's no other facility in Denver that can handle the Denver County Fair ...   Patty, if you can help us make a case ...  :)

Diane
Diane

And why is the c in National Western Complex lower-cased? That's the official name. Nice work, Patty, nice work.

Diane
Diane

And by the way, it's a 16-day show, not a 20-day show. Patty, meet Google.

calhounp
calhounp

They start setting up several days earlier.

Diane
Diane

Oh, sure, that's what you meant.

calhounp
calhounp

At the risk of prolonging this discussion: The Coors Western art show always kicks off in the Hall of Education on Tuesday, while exhibits are being set up; the Stock Show runs through the next three Sundays, for twenty days of events.

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

Again, instead of mocking the MMJ movement,while taking in TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS per week on ads (Approx $4,000 PER PAGE), how about some real INVESTIGATIVE journalism for the MMJ industry.  You guys are better than this.

Here are some stories you could be looking into: 1.  What is happening with all the patient MMJ money that is supposed to only be for the CDPHE (specifically the $280k that was stolen from the patient fund) 2.  What the camera systems and tracking will do to patient privacy 3.  The DEA pulling building plans on MMCs 4.  The strange cameras that are pointed at off site grows (on utility poles) 5.  Big Pharma and Alcohol Lobbyists swaying votes 6.  MMIGs lobbying assault on caregivers and patient growers 7.  The Constitutionality of HB 1284 and HB 1043

That took me all of 2 mins to come up with 7, and there are more.  After HB1284 and 1043, most places will be lucky to stay open.  I already have seen places close down and others are suffering.  Follow my logic - Fewer MMCs = Fewer ad revenue for Westword = No MMJ Cash Cow for you

Diane
Diane

Bad grammar and a capitalization error aside, what "hundred-plus-year-old Arena" are you talking about, Patty? The Coliseum opened in 1952. Stadium Arena and the Expo Hall opened in 1973. The Events Center opened in 1995. How long did it take me to look that up? About eight seconds. Jesus Christ, Westword is lazy. Even the top editor. No wonder your reporters don't care one wit about accuracy or fairness.  For future reference: http://www.nationalwestern.com...

calhounp
calhounp

the original arena on the north side of i-70 recently celebrated its much-publicized hundred year birthday. It's an amazing space.

Diane
Diane

Bullshit. How about a link to that publicity, Sarah Palin?

calhounp
calhounp

"Collect your money," says Bonnie Blitz, spokeswoman for the National Western Stock Show. "You know your Stock Show history." and sorry, Diane: She's talking to me. The show celebrated its hundredth anniversary in 2006, and the Arena - which is still in use today -- celebrated its hundredth birthday in 2009. She's sending a photo of the opening in 1909; I'll forward to you.

Diane
Diane

FYI: The original Stadium Arena was torn down when the Hall of Education/Expo Hall was built in the 1970s. Call them youself. I'm tired of doing your work.

Diane
Diane

Yes, Patty, the show is 105 years old, and for the first few years operated under a tent. The stockyards are older. But tell us the capital A "Arena" you're talking about, because I just jumped back on here to post that I called the Stock Show office and they said none of their buildings are over 100 years old. At best, you're confused. The Livestock Exchange building is the oldest on the grounds, and it was built in about 1908. I'm told they don't herd cattle through there or hold rodeos in the hallwya, however. But, of course, you would know better than the Stock Show itself.

feed me
feed me

while we all love the thought of a giant grow op, i think the question lingers.  Westword might ask its dear readers for some input, they already got the main answer covered let's find other, more likely ideas.  I love the indoor grow idea, only i think it should be about food and neighborhood food issues.  A municipal recreational gardens, including aquaculture, ( see denver growhaus) would educate the public on food security, indoor local growing, and give the neighborhood an immediate 365 revenue base from the sales of 'rec memberships' and sales of veggies and proteins. Farmers markets on the weekends ...you get the idea, good luck globeville,

Ahudson
Ahudson

Speaking of Aurora - Brad Segal took the time to do a deep dive into the details of the Aurora/Gaylord agreement and it the fleecing of Aurora by Gaylord is something everyone ought to be concerned about.  Click here to read his analysis of the the Gaylord/Aurora "deal" http://pumaworldhq.blogspot.co...

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