Gaylord Planning Denver Convention Complex?

Gaylord Entertainment Co., which owns four of the nation's 10 largest convention hotels — including its signature property, the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville — is considering a new project in Denver, local newspaper The Denver Post recently reported.


According to the Post, the National Western Stock Show, which claims to be Colorado's largest trade show, is looking to relocate from its current home in downtown Denver to a more strategic location near Denver International Airport. Currently, it's considering a site on the border between Denver and suburban Aurora, Colo. — where it's rumored that Gaylord is interested in building a convention complex with 1,500 hotel guest rooms and 300,000 square feet of convention space.

In a statement, Gaylord spokesperson Brian Abrahamson confirmed that Gaylord is interested in the Denver area, but said the company currently has no firm plans for a project there.

"We have no definitive agreement to announce at this time and will not comment further on rumors and speculation," Abrahamson said.

In addition to the Gaylord Opryland, Gaylord owns and operates the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, the Gaylord Texan in Dallas and the Gaylord National in Washington, D.C.