Step-By-Step Guide to the Ultimate Snackadium

PHOTO: Try serving your food in a snackadium this Super Bowl.
Heather Arment/A Lil' Curious

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party this year and haven’t met the snackadium yet, let us introduce you. Filled to the brim with chips, dips, sandwiches and more, the snackadium is hands down the most epic way to celebrate. And while there is no better way to honor the greatest American food and sports day than with an edible stadium shrine, it’s definitely not a last-minute affair.

Luckily, Heather Arment, founder of A Lil’ Curious, put together a handy how-to guide for those who want to tackle (see what we did there?) the project. “Once you see something like this, you’re kind of ruined,” Arment said. “I mean, how can you just serve your guests nachos and wings after seeing such a gratuitous display of fanaticism?” We’re with you, Heather. Excuse us while we go build one ourselves, based on these detailed and easy instructions.

PHOTO: Try serving your food in a snackadium this Super Bowl.
Heather Arment/A Lil Curious
Supplies

Building a snackadium is time-consuming enough without completely constructing everything on your own. Simplify the process by pre-purchasing/gathering these materials:

22 cardboard magazine file boxes (available here)

4 Styrofoam blocks (optional)

4 shallow disposable aluminum pans

Cardboard box (at least 24 inches long)

Brown Kraft wrapping paper (available here)

Aluminum foil

Hot or super glue

PHOTO: Try serving your food in a snackadium this Super Bowl. Step One.
Heather Arment/A Lil Curious
Step 1: Sides 1 and 2

To make the stands, glue two sets of eight file boxes together in a row. Line the insides of each with aluminum foil (so you can reuse other years).

PHOTO:  Step Two.
Heather Arment/A Lil Curious
Step 2: Sides 3 and 4

Repeat with two sets of three file boxes for the short sides of the stadium. Line the insides of each with aluminum foil.

PHOTO: Try serving your food in a snackadium this Super Bowl. Step Three.
Heather Arment/A Lil Curious
Step 3: Create the Corners

To round out the corners, you can shape Styrofoam. Alternately, try filling out Kraft paper with wads of scrap paper in step 8.

PHOTO: Try serving your food in a snackadium this Super Bowl.
Heather Arment/A Lil Curious
Step 4: Assemble Sides 3 and 4

If you went the Styrofoam route, assemble the short sides by attaching the blocks to the short stands.

PHOTO: Try serving your food in a snackadium this Super Bowl. Step Five.
Heather Arment/A Lil Curious
Step 5: Wrap

Wrap each assembled side of the stadium with Kraft paper to make it a uniform color.

PHOTO: Try serving your food in a snackadium this Super Bowl. Step Six.
Heather Arment/A Lil Curious
Step 6: Add the Lip

Add the stadium lip by trimming four sheets three inches wide to fit the stands, and glue to attach.

PHOTO: Try serving your food in a snackadium this Super Bowl. Step Seven.
Heather Arment/A Lil Curious
Step 7: Assemble the Foundation

Connect all four sides together to form the stadium foundation.

PHOTO: Try serving your food in a snackadium this Super Bowl. Step Eight.
Heather Arment/A Lil Curious
Step 8: Prepare the Field

Cut the long edge of two pans, and cut the long edges off the other two pans.

PHOTO: Try serving your food in a snackadium this Super Bowl. Step Nine.
Heather Arment/A Lil Curious
Step 9: Connect the Field

Tape the four pans together to create one long pan. Make sure to tape on the bottom so the food doesn’t touch the tape. Once assembled, place it in the center of the stadium.

PHOTO: Try serving your food in a snackadium this Super Bowl.
Heather Arment/A Lil Curious
Step 10: Fill the Snackadium!

On the field: Fill the bottom with guacamole for the grass, and salsa and cheese dip on either side for the ends zones.

In the stands: Fill the stands with any goodies you like, from chips and pretzels to mini hot dogs and crudité.

On the lip: Sub sandwiches, cheese and charcuterie make for great toppers.

Extras: Decorate the exterior with fun stickers, make stadium posts with Slim Jims and toothpicks, and create yard lines with sour cream piped out of a plastic bag.

PHOTO: Try serving your food in a snackadium this Super Bowl. Seating Chart.
Heather Arment/A Lil Curious
Step 11: Tell Your Friends

Filling the snackadium yourself can get a little expensive, so a fun way to include your guests is by asking them each to “sponsor” a section. Send out this graphic and have guests claim a section and something to fill it with. That way, they’re included on the day, and you can reduce planning stress.

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