New Aurora mayor addresses potential Stock Show move

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Yet officials with the National Western say that location is too cramped, and have announced a desire to move to a bigger location in Aurora near Denver International Airport earlier this summer.

Denver officials have balked at the move, pointing to a recent report saying Denver would lose $31 million in lost visitor spending.

As for Aurora, Tuesday's election brought a new layer of leadership to the Stock Show debate with a new mayor in Aurora.

Aurora Mayor-elect Steve Hogan met with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock Wednesday, and while the Stock Show did not come up in their conversation, Hogan says the conversation on whether a move is viable belongs in Denver.

"Denver has to figure out what they want to do with the Stock Show before Aurora has to worry about it," Hogan said. "There's still a lot of discussion going on in Denver, and I don't think it's our place as a city to step in and say to Denver, 'Here, this is what we think you ought to do.'"

Last week, Hancock told 9NEWS' Your Show he would like the Stock Show to stay in Denver, and said city officials are still discussing with the Stock Show on whether or not the site needs to move.

The Stock Show is working to relocate near DIA in connection with a Western-themed hotel and entertainment complex, backed by Gaylord Entertainment Co.

"I think the Gaylord project, for starters, survives on its own," Hogan said. "Obviously, if the Stock Show decides to come out and be in the same vicinity, I think that would be terrific for the whole metropolitan area. I think it would make the Denver Convention Center folks work harder to get new conventions into Denver. It's competition. Competition helps."

Hogan will take office later this month.

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