How to Make an Epic Reusable Wooden Snack Stadium

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Football season is pretty popular in my family. When there’s a big game on TV, there’s sure to be lots of family, friends and food close by. People always coming and going, cheering and yelling, munching and eating. Sundays are full of excitement.

How to Make an Epic Reusable Snack Stadium with Wood

The amount of food it takes to feed a house full of football fans can be enormous. We often have countertops and tables filled with Pepsi™, SNICKERS®, TOSTITOS®, dips, snacks, finger foods and desserts. However, this year my husband wanted to make a snack stadium. A huge epic reusable snack stadium made with wood to be exact. It’s so big and heavy, we had to make a base over 5 foot wide for it.


How to Build a Wooden Snack Stadium

Materials required:

  • ½ Plywood, 4’ x 8’
  • 1” x 6” x 20’
  • 1” x 4” x 16’
  • 1” x 3” x 6’
  • 1” x 2” x 18’
  • ¼” x 2” x 4’

Tools used:

  • 10” double bevel miter saw (my husband’s favorite new tool)
  • Circular Saw
  • “Hot” Wood Glue Gun
  • Battery powered drill
  • Finish Nail-gun


  • 1-1/4” Finishing Nails
  • 1-1/4” Wood Screws (if needed)
  • 3/4″ Corner Braces

How to Build a Reusable Snack Stadium with Wood

Inside Field area:

Cut two 24” pieces and two 12” pieces, mitered at 45 degrees using the 1” x 3” material. Assemble using wood glue, and a few 1-1/4” nails. (I used my finish nail gun)

Lower Level Sections:

Using the next size for the lower level, and a 22.5 degree miter, cut two 19” pieces, and two 31” pieces of the 1” x 4”. These will provide the outside walls. To give the snack stadium a more life-like shape, I cut four 4¼” pieces also at a 22.5 degree angle. Assemble the lower level exterior wall using the same 1-¼” nails, with some wood glue to strengthen the hold.

How to Make Snack Stadium Bins

The lower level is connected to the inside field area using eight 1” x 6” x 5-3/4” pieces. I dry fit them and marked where the lower level meets the field level, and a cut the corner at a 45 degree angle to add an additional step-down look to the stadium. You can choose any size or number of bins you’d like. I spaced the bin dividers 2 inches away from the corners, and centered the remaining divider on the longer side of the field.

Once again use the wood glue and 1-1/4” nails to connect the dividers to the walls.

Upper Level Sections:

The upper level is constructed and connected to the lower level in the same manner as the previous step. Cut two 1”x6”x24” pieces, two 1”x6”x36” pieces, four 1”x6”x5-1/2” pieces, and eight 1”x6”x5-1/4” pieces, using the same 22.5 degree mitered cut. The dividers were again placed 2” from the mitered corner, and secured using our glue and nail method. I chose to divide the long section of the upper field into 4 equal compartments.

How to Secure a Wooden Snack Stadium to a Base

The completed stadium frame can be secured to the plywood base using 4, 90 degree brackets. It’s a wise choice to use a nice treated metal as it will be coming into contact with food later. The frame should be centered on the long edge of the plywood, and moved flush to the back of the 48” side.

Step-by-Step Instructions on how to make a Snack Stadium out of Wood

A frame was added around the perimeter of the plywood using 1”x2” wood, cut at 45 degrees. Your cuts should be 62”, two 48” cuts, and two 12” cuts. However, we recommend measuring constantly throughout the project as a little variation can impact your piece sizes more and more drastically as your stadium grows.

How to Make Working Lights for a Snack Stadium

The light poles were a neat add-on we came up with using mini LED balloon lights. They are really inexpensive and are good for two days easily once activated.

For the poles, cut four 1”x2”x1’ pieces. Using the scrap pieces from the first miter cuts on the 1”x4” material and a wood clamp, we drilled three evenly spaced ¾” deep holes the same diameter as the lights. The rubber gasket fits perfectly and didn’t even require glue to secure them in the slot.

To attach the light block to the pole, glue the mitered side of the scrap piece evenly to the top and further secure it with a nail or two.

How to Build a Snack Stadium Scoreboard to fit a 7" tablet

The scoreboard was created using the last 18” of the 1” x 6” material, cut standard without any miters. For added effect, we boxed it in using the ¼” x 2” plywood (or hobby board). The piece sizes should be 18-1/2” for the top and bottom, and 5-3/4” for the sides.

How to Build a Snack Stadium Scoreboard to fit a 7" tablet

How to Build a Wooden Snack Stadium

Finishing the stadium is really just personal preference but you need a protective barrier against anything you may put in it later. Of course sand your stadium thoroughly to remove any rough edges, pencil marks, or imperfections in the wood.  I also recommend using a tack cloth to remove as much sawdust as possible, and follow it up with quick clean up with a wet rag and a bit of dish soap.

How to Finish a Snack Stadium

For our stadium we just chose to cover the natural wood using a butcher block finish to make the wood food-safe. Make sure to understand what product you use and allow ample time for drying / cure time.

Fully Assembled Snack Stadium with Tutorial

We painted the scoreboard and top of the lights poles black for a little contrast. The scoreboard fits a 7″ tablet (attached with removable velcro strips) and stickers can be used to add teams and scores.

Making A Football Snack Stadium Out of Wood

A 10×15″ shallow baking sheet fits in the middle. We used some plastic goal posts in the ‘end zones’.

Snack Stadium Finishing Touches - Placemats

Around the stadium we cut 8 14×14″ plastic placemats to fit accordingly. We didn’t attach them so they can easily be cleaned.

Snack Stadium Products

Now it is time to fill in with snacks! Each of the larger bins take about whole party size bag of chips to fill up.

TOSTITOS Party Size Chips

TOSTITOS® Scoops Party Size and TOSTITOS® Original Party Size were in each corner.

How to Make a Reusable Snack Stadium

When feeding a party, buying the largest size package of products is important. We filled some of the outer bins with SNICKERS® FUN SIZE® Variety 35 oz., SNICKERS® Minis 40oz. and other chocolate and candy.

The interior bins included more chips, rye bread, pretzels, and raw vegetables.

TIP: For easy clean up, line the sections with foil, plastic wrap, or wax paper before filling with food.

How to Make a Football Field Snack Stadium

Avocado verde dip was used for the ‘field’ and I piped on sour cream ‘field lines’ with a snipped storage bag.

How to Make an Epic Snack Stadium for Football Parties

Cut sub sandwiches fit perfectly in the upper end zone bins.

How to Make a Snack Stadium to Feed a Whole Crowd

Snack Stadium Goal Posts

How to Make Light Poles for LED Lights

Snack Stadium DIY Flag Banner

Around the outside of the stadium, I made a little flag banner. I simply folded large colored tape over string and cut into a pennant. The banner was hung on push tacks pushed into each light pole and the back sides of the scoreboard.

Outside of the Snack Stadium

Skittles® from the XL 41 oz. bag was poured into a few bowls around the stadium. 

Snack Stadium Individual Cups for Dips

Plastic cups filled with TOSTITOS® Medium Chunky Salsa and other dips fit perfectly along both sides of the stadium. This is great for guests to take their own dip easily.

Pepsi Snack Stadium

We placed Pepsi™ and Diet Pepsi™ 12oz cans from 12 packs around the front and outside of the stadium.

How to Make a Snack Stadium Scoreboard to Hold a Tablet

The tablet screen can be used to show the game so no one misses that big play.

How to Make the Ultimate Snack Stadium

Snack Stadium SNICKERS and candy Bins

How to Make an Epic Reusable Wooden Snack Stadium

The awesome thing about this snack stadium is that it is reusable. It is sturdy, durable, solid and looks amazing. Each year you can wow your guests!


How to Make a Wooden Snack Stadium to use Every Year

How to Make a Snack Stadium with Working Lights and Scoreboard

For more football recipes and snack stadium ideas, check out these game day ideas.

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51 comments on How to Make an Epic Reusable Wooden Snack Stadium

  • Samantha

    This turned out SOOOOOOO well and looks amazing! Love the addition of a tablet spot and plenty of room for all that food! Love it!

  • Rita Spratlen

    Wow I bet this took a lot of work but it is so cool!! Very creative for sure!!

  • Shari

    This is amazing! You’re definitely set for all future parties!

  • Andrew

    WOW! Now this is a snack stadium! Great job, when’s the party?! :)

  • Ashley

    HOLY COW! This is amazing.

  • Diana Rambles

    This is absolutely amazing Samantha!!! I’ll be over in time for kick-off!!

  • Sarah B

    Awesome work!! I love how reusable it is, it’s something you’ll have for years of
    Big Games”

  • BenSpark

    This Snack Stadium Blew me away. I want to make one just like it now. Thanks for all the great instructions on how to create it. Incredible.

  • Tina

    That is such an awesome food set up! I would like to know how much it cost you to make the stadium project, please. (not including the food)

    • Samantha (author)

      Thanks! The cost is between $60-$100 for supplies, depending on what type of wood you decide to use.

  • Katherine Accettura

    Girl, you really went over and above literally any DIY I’ve ever seen :) So amazing!!!

  • Rob Simpson

    Such an amazing creativity, in love with this sack stadium!
    Thanks Samantha :)

  • Kim

    Hi there! This is amazing. We’re trying to recreate it at the moment. Where did you get the goal posts and little pennant strings from? Thank you!

    • Samantha (author)

      Awesome! The goal posts were from a set of table games that my kids had. You could probably search for table goals on Amazon for similar ones. The little pennant string was just from the craft store. You could use any small jute or string really. I then used duct tape folded over and cute to make the pennants. Tag me on social media if you share the finished product. I would love to see it!!!

  • Patricia Sartain

    Thank you for posting! I just got my first saw and drill for christmas this year and I am going to attempt to make this! I can’t wait! Thank you so much for sharing all the details on how to make it. Don’t think i will have it finished by the end of football season but maybe I will have it ready for next year!

  • Tamra Bower

    Can I hire you to make me one? Seriously! This is amazing.

  • Jill

    This looks absolutely amazing . I want my husband to build one. It is so creative. thank you for sharing .

  • Dan Voorhees

    Where did you find the mini LED balloon bulbs

    • Dan Voorhees

      I found them at Party City

      • Samantha (author)

        Awesome! I was going to say we got ours from Amazon.

        • Patricia sartain

          Samantha are you on Facebook and if so under what name? I just made your stadium and am soooo excited. I would love to share pics with you but I only do Facebook. I made a few modifications like 3D removable helmets on the scoreboard. I am under trish sartain.

  • David Kauffman

    Imaginative and down right bad ass….. I can build it but would also have bought this…. I thought I loved football…. love the butcher block to prevent contamination.. American Ingenuity at its finest.

    • Samantha (author)

      Thanks David!!

  • rachel

    hi! how do you clean this? i just am wondering before we try and make it! looks so fantastic!

    • Samantha (author)

      We wipe it down with soap and water. Sometimes we put plastic wrap or foil in the compartments to hold the food for super easy clean up.

  • Billie Ewing

    I’m soooo excited!! I’m making mine right now!! I will post pictures… using different wood.. adding a few more things!! YOU DID A FABULOUS JOB!!!

    • Samantha (author)

      That is awesome! I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  • Lori Sand

    Darn it!! Sure wish I could BUY this for next weekend’s SUPER BOWL! We live in Kansas City…GO CHIEFS !!!

  • W. Marshall

    Amazing snack stadium, I saw this a while ago and thought how perfect for a party.
    I wanted to say thank you for sharing your instructions on how to make one as during the lockdown we saw that we had just enough wood so made it our isolation project in time for our grandsons birthday.

  • Zee

    Wish you would sell these. I think you would sell tons!

  • Dacia Young

    Just came across this and my husband, his dad, and brother are going to try to do this for the
    Super Bowl on Sunday. This is so impressive, hope ours turn out just as good.

  • Mel

    How big is it? What is the size once done? Length & width?

    • Samantha (author)

      About 4ft by 6ft.

  • gloria

    This is pretty amazing. My husband has a lot of scrap wood that we can use. He builds musical instruments, and has several strips of some beautiful maple wood. We will use that. Just need to piece of plywood. I told him we would be able to use it for something.

  • Michele

    So I have been having a lot of fun making Charcuterie boards over the last few months; with Super bowl coming up – trying to think of what type of board I could make. Also over the last few months my son has been in shop class and really enjoying it. So we looked up Super bowl Charcuterie boards and your design came up – my son was so excited he is 15. We knew the size would be too big for us, but he was so excited to make one and said he knew how to make the dimensions smaller (1/2) but what we didn’t think of was halfling the wood to 1/2 inch thick. So we finally found a place that would plane it for us; but unfortunately it meant he was a bit rushed. He did a great job thanks to your ideas and shared plans. If you want to see photos please send me an email. So proud of him

  • Melinda DuBose

    You should sell these you would make a killing.

  • Kathy Malicki

    love your football stadium , just great . My husband has front lobo dementia , his in a
    memory care faculity, they have lots of parties for the residents
    I there any chance I could purchase one , I would donate to Silverado where my husband is at ,

  • Arlene

    This is fabulous! Could you sell me one?

  • Christine

    This looks very good please send me the website thank you

  • Ed Coderre

    How long did it take to build?

  • Robyn P


  • Cheryl Clancy

    This is fabulous! Sadly, too large and heavy for me to handle… would love to see your thoughts on how to make a smaller one out of plastic bins or other lightweight the creativity!!❤️❤️

  • Caroline Prinz

    Would love to buy one,because I’m not going to try to make it, but would love it anytime for parties in general, it could be smaller also
    You did an awesome job, on that Stadium

  • Donna

    that is amazing. I would need a much smaller one. I don’t have that many friends here. lol

  • Denise Ferguson

    Awesome! What an impressive display! Congratulations!

  • Dave stasen

    Looks awesome Easy plans to go by Building this now for my daughter.

  • Paula cooper

    Most amazing thing I’ve seen in a long time. I so appreciate your imagination and hard work. I’m a SEC football lover and live for Saturdays with my husband. You ROCK mom!!!

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