It is easy to create a DIY snack stadium for your game day celebration! Building plans and free printables for stadium decoration are included in this post.
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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 spectacular 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 unsure 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.
While you could design your own stadium, why don’t you follow my directions? I am happy to share it with you!
How to Build a Snack Stadium
There are four main steps for creating a football snack arena:
- Mark the pattern pieces and cut everything out.
- Assembling the stadium.
- Decorating the arena.
- Fill the stadium with your favorite snacks.
The Project Pieces
The first step is to mark the pattern pieces on the foam board and cut them out. You can find the specific piece sizes in the detailed directions at the bottom of this post.
Free Snackadium Football Decorations
I began thinking of how I wanted to decorate the snack stadium. There is a large printing machine that makes 11″ x 17″ prints that I have access to, so I created large graphics.
I cut them in half so 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.
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 returned and covered all the edges with large pieces of tape.
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.
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 placed it on unwrapped chocolate. The helmets stuck to the chocolate as it hardened.
Skittles Bark Recipe
This simple recipe only requires Skittles Candy and White Candy Melts.
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.
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 get for free.
Have you ever made a snack stadium? I have also made a Baseball Snack Stadium.
- 3 pieces of 20" x 30" foam board
- white utility tape
- 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
- large straight edge
- utility knife
- Download and print the Snackadium printables in full color.
8.5x11 decorations - download here
11x17 decorations - download here
- 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)
- Use your utility cutter to carefully cut out the foam stadium pieces along the marked lines.
- Cut out stadium decorations.
- 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 the inside platform if desired. We had to trim these slightly for them to fit.
- 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 returned and used bigger pieces of tape to make the corner edges nicer.
- Decorate your snack stadium. I attached the pennants to the baker's twine and strung it between skewers stuck into the outside edge.
- Add your snacks and party!
Keep and reuse this Football Snack Stadium year after year!
This photo shows how I reused it using different snacks.