DENVER (CBS4/AP) – Organizers of the National Western Stock Show officially want to leave Denver and move to a new location in Aurora.

The decision was disclosed Tuesday to the Denver City Council.

It’s a reversal from the stock show’s previous proposal that came out earlier this year, which was to move the complex to a site within the city of Denver near Denver International Airport. City officials had said that plan would conflict with management of the airport.

Stock Show representatives said they plan to partner with a proposed $824 million Gaylord Entertainment hotel and conference center in seeking up to $300 million in subsidies and tax credits from Aurora and Colorado.

The Denver City Council would have to agree to let the stock show out of its lease, which is up in the year 2040. Councilman Charlie Brown said he is surprised.

“It was a shock and I think it’s going to be a shock to most Denver citizens too who went there,” Brown said. “It’s a 105 year history, they went there as kids, their own kids go there, and suddenly it’s gone.”

Ed Sealover with the Denver Business Journal discussed the potential move on CBS4. Watch his interview in the video below.

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Comments (2)
  1. Number 6 says:

    I have the perfect solution for Denver to recoup the lost revenue from the stock show moving. Lease the current facilities to ICE to use as an illegal alien deportation center. That place will house thousands waiting to be shipped back home.

    The same thing can be done with closed schools and military facilities.

  2. Deacon says:

    The city smells bad enough when the stock show is in town – but I live close to the Denver/Aurora border, if they move it will stink even worse when that show starts up again. 😦

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