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Ever heard of a snack stadium before? They’re exactly what they sound like: mini football stadiums made out of snacks. Also known as: the only thing that could ever get me excited about football. Honestly, I had SO much fun putting this together! This would be the perfect centerpiece for the big game, and it’s definitely a crowd-pleaser!
Start off building your base. I picked a cookie sheet that was 10″ x 15″ as the center, which would hold the dip. Knowing I would use 2 cans of stacked Pepsi™ around the edges, I used those as a guide, and measured how big I needed it all to be. The whole base ended up being about 45″ x 40″, with rounded corners. Every point around the base was 15″ from the edge of the cookie sheet, leaving room for the stands and a salsa “moat” around the field.
I cut out 4 triangles (9.5″ x 9.5″) that measure from the edge of where the salsa “moat” would be, out to where the Pepsi™ would be (about 3″ from the edge). Then I cut out 4 larger triangles that went all the way to the edge, and I cut the tops off to match the height of the other triangles (9.5″).
** These are just the measurements I used. Mine had 2 tiers, and 16 food compartments, but you can create a stadium as big or as small as you want!
I cut strips of cardboard, about 1″ thick, and hot glued them around where the cookie sheet goes, then where the edge of the “moat” is. Then I glued on the triangles (see above), with the larger ones in the corners. I did that because I didn’t want the Pepsi™ around the entire stadium – just on the sides.
To create tiers, I cut out pieces of cardboard and glued them in between the triangles. You can do this however you want, really. I decided to have 2 tiers, and to make sure the wall of the first tier was higher than the shelf of the second tier, so it helped hold in the food.
At the ends of the field, I made little boxes to hold napkins and plates, and glued those in. Once everything was in place, I glued in walls around the whole thing, making sure to cut out holes where the napkin and plate boxes would be. Then I trimmed off some of the sides, so there was no excess cardboard after I put in the Pepsi™.
I gave the whole thing a couple of coats of spray paint, then lined the compartments with tin foil to make it food-safe.
Now here comes the fun part: filling it with food! I went to Walmart and grabbed some of our gameday favorites: TOSTITOS® chips and chunky salsa, SNICKERS® Minis, Skittles®, and Pepsi™. I piled everything into the stadium, along with some other snacks and veggies.
For the field, I spread out some refried beans topped with a layer of homemade guacamole. I piped on some lines with sour cream, and added cherry tomatoes and olives as football players with hats 🙂 The goal posts were pretzels, “glued” together with chocolate.
To prevent the field from turning brown, you can spray it with a bit of lemon juice!
For the end of the structure, I cut out some fun decorations, and labeled the napkin and plate holders. I also made a little “GO TEAM!” banner that I put up with toothpicks.
And there you have it! Now who wouldn’t be excited to dig into this on game day?!
You can find the yummy snacks I used at Walmart! The SNICKERS® and Skittles® are in the chip/candy aisle, and also in a little display at the front of the store. The Pepsi™ is with the other soft drinks, and the TOSTITOS® chips and TOSTITOS® salsa are in the chip/candy aisle. You can also find them online HERE!
For more fun ideas on how to build your own snack stadium, head over HERE. You’ll find tons of inspiration on how you can celebrate and make the big game unforgettable!