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DIY Snack Stadium for Game Day

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Come see how easy it is to create a DIY snack stadium for your game day celebration! Building plans and free stadium decoration printables are included in this post.

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close up of the field of a football snack stadium

It’s playoff time and excitement is in the air! We love to have people over for a football watch party to cheer on our favorite teams.

What does every football party need? Great friends and great food, such as Bacon Jalapeno Mac & Cheese Cups.

We host a Super Bowl Party each year, so I decided to celebrate with my own DIY snack stadium kit.

DIY Football Snack Stadium

When I sat down to design the snack stadium, I was not sure what size to make it. I realized that size hinged on the materials I used. I considered a wood stadium, but that would make for a heavy stadium and require painting.

You all know that I am a simple kind of gal, so I wanted my stadium to be easy.

I decided to use white foam boards. They are light, easy to cut and make for easy storage. The standard size of a foam board is 20″ x 30″, so I knew my size limits. I grabbed some graph paper and started designing.

hand drawn plans for a snack arena

While you could design your own stadium, why don’t you just follow my directions? I am happy to share with you!

How to Build a Snack Stadium

There are four main steps for creating a football snack arena:

  1. Mark the pattern pieces and cut everything out.
  2. Assembling the stadium.
  3. Decorating the arena.
  4. Filling the stadium with your favorite snacks.

The Project Pieces

The first step is to mark the pattern pieces on the foam board and then cutting them out. You can find the specific piece sizes in the detailed directions at the bottom of this post.

pattern pieces for a homemade football party stadium

Free Snackadium Football Decorations

I began thinking of how I wanted to decorate the snack stadium. There is a large printer that makes 11″ x 17″ prints that I have access to, so I created large graphics.

I decided to cut them in half so that they can be printed on a standard printer.

I am offering both the 11″ x 17″ and 8.5″ x 11″ graphics as a free download at the bottom of this post so that you can print and decorate your own stadium.

decorations for a football snack stadium

Assemble the Football Arena

This project is held together with tape. I started with small pieces of white utility tape to hold parts in place. Once the placement was right, I went back and covered all the edges with large pieces of the tape.

collage of the assembly of a football snack stadium

Add the Decorations

Now it is time to decorate the project. I used regular clear tape to attach the decorations. Use the decorations linked in the directions below or create your own. You can also grab cupcake toppers for all the league teams.

collage decorating a snack stadium

What to put in a Snack Coliseum

Here is how I filled my stadium:

  • Your Favorite Team Snack Mix is a must!
  • I created Skittles Candy Bark and placed it in the end zone. (recipe below)
  • I opened a jar of salsa and placed it in the middle of the sidelines. Tortilla chips filled the space on each side of the salsa.
  • I opened a jar of queso and placed it on the other side of the stadium flanked by scoopable chips.
  • Candies were put in the corners.
  • Bottles of soda were placed on the outside corners of the stadium.
  • Football players were created with mini chocolate candies and soft taffy candies. I unwrapped red and yellow soft taffy candies and microwaved them for about 3 seconds to soften. I cut each in half, rolled each into a little round helmet shape, and place it on top of unwrapped chocolate. The helmets stuck to the chocolate as it hardened.
party stadium filled with snacks

Skittles Bark Recipe

This simple recipe only requires 2 ingredients which are Skittles Candy and White Candy Melts.

Instructions

Melt the package of white candy melts according to the package directions.
Pour the melted candy onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper or a silicone liner.
Generously sprinkle the Skittles onto the bark.
Place in refrigerator to harden.
Break into small pieces to create the bark.

Skittles Bark Recipe

My kids loved the Skittle bark! I like how it looked like fans sitting in the endzone of my snack stadium.

This DIY snack stadium was a lot of fun to make. I can’t wait to use it at our Big Game party! I have also created football party decorations that you can print.

Have you ever made a snack stadium? I have also made a Baseball Snack Stadium.

DIY Snack Stadium with Directions
Yield: 1 stadium

DIY Football Snack Stadium

DIY Football Snack Stadium

Host the ultimate football party with this easy-to-make snack stadium.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Difficulty medium easy
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • 3 pieces of 20" x 30" foam board
  • white utility tape
  • pencil
  • snack stadium decorations (link in instructions)
  • clear tape or glue
  • baker's twine
  • wooden skewers
  • toy goal posts and ball
  • snacks to fill the stadium

Tools

  • large straight edge
  • utility knife

Instructions

  1. Download and print the Snackadium printables in full color.
    8.5x11 decorations - download here
    11x17 decorations - download here
  2. Using your straight edge, mark the pattern on the foam board. You need the following pieces:
    A (2) 11" x 3" (inside end zone)
    B (2) 18" x 3" (inside sideline)
    C (2) 11" x 6" (outsize end zone)
    D (2) 18" x 6" (outside sideline)
    E (8) half of 4" x 9" (diagonal supports) - diagonal cut goes from 3" in on one end to 3" in on the other
    F (4) 6" x 6" (outside corners)
    optional: X1 (4) half of 6" x 4" (inside brace for end zone) - diagonal cut goes from 2" in on one end to 2" in on the other
    optional: X2 (2) 11" x 5" (inside platform for end zone)
  3. Using your utility cutter carefully cut out the foam stadium pieces along the marked lines.
  4. Cut out stadium decorations.
  5. Assemble your snack stadium as follows:
    Attach pieces A & B to form the inside walls of the stadium.
    Attach pieces E to each corner.
    Attach pieces C & D to create the outside walls of the stadium.
    Attach pieces F to the outside corners to finish off the stadium structure.
    Optional: Attach pieces X1 & X2 for inside platform if desired. We had to trim these slightly for them to fit.
  6. Hold the edges of the stadium together and in place with white utility tape. I put it together with small pieces of tape and then went back and used bigger pieces of tape to make the corner edges nicer.
  7. Decorate your snack stadium. I attached the pennants to the baker's twine and strung it between skewers stuck into the outside edge.
  8. Add your snacks and party!

Notes

Keep and reuse this Football Snack Stadium year after year!

This photo shows how I reused it using different snacks.

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Diana

Wednesday 23rd of January 2019

Thank you for sharing your pattern. It is exactly what we were looking for; however, I am unable to locate the link for the stadium printables. I see where the link should be, but it appears to have been removed. Any suggestions as to where I can go to get decorations for my cool stadium?

Diana Rambles

Wednesday 23rd of January 2019

Diana, thanks for the heads up! I am sorry about that. I have updated instructions at the bottom of the post to include the download link for the 2 different sized decorations. I'd love for you to share a photo of your stadium when it's done. Thanks! Diana

Shivam

Thursday 5th of January 2017

Thank you so much! I didn't have much time, so that's what I did, but thanks for replying! it was really helpful.

Diana Rambles

Friday 6th of January 2017

I'm glad it worked out!

Shivam

Tuesday 6th of December 2016

Hi! Im working on a school project and found this the perfect setup for a stadium. Thank you so much for posting this! I don't know what id do without it. just one quick question:how do you make pieces "E"? I tried, but in the description, it doesn't specify what sizes to make piece "E" very well. If you could tell me exactly how to make them, I would very much appreciate it. Thank You!

Shivam

Tuesday 6th of December 2016

The main thing that I do not know is the L x W of the original big rectangle, and where to make the cuts in the big triangle (The angle and spot to make the slanted cut).

Latonia Weathers

Tuesday 6th of December 2016

please tell me how to get the printables.

Diana Rambles

Tuesday 6th of December 2016

Latonia~ There is a link above in the supply list to where the downloads are stored. When you click on that link there is a little arrow on the right to download each one.

Kelly

Sunday 31st of July 2016

I just found your video on YouTube. Like you, I've been looking for an easy way to make a snackadium. Until now, the easiest method I found was magazine holders. Fairly cheap and simple to assemble, but their tall, skinny size makes it difficult to fill with snacks and access them. Using foam board is GENIUS! Will be making one of these this season!

Diana Rambles

Monday 1st of August 2016

I am glad you like it. I also made a basketball stadium that you should check out. I am saving this stadium to use again next year! Football season starts soon. Thanks for stopping and commenting.

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