Crisp chilled air, the roar of a fervent crowd and scrumptious stadium foods – all things synonymous with football season. This fall we set out to find and rank the most appetizing and delectable stadium eats across the Big 10. From appetizers to main dishes and dessert, plan your game day around these hard-hitting favorites!
University of Nebraska (Memorial Stadium)
The Runza is a Lincoln mainstay. A bread pocket filled with beef and cabbage, it’s perfect for some midwestern, hearty goodness.
Rutgers University (High Point Solutions Stadium)
Rutgers’ Acai Bowl is a new addition to the concession roster this season. Their Acai Bowl has berries mixed with bananas, topped with granola, shredded coconut and mixed fresh fruit. Served with a drizzle of peanut butter and Nutella, it’s a welcome break form typical greasy stadium food.
8) University of Iowa (Kinnick Stadium)
Where To Find It
Southeast and southwest corners of Kinnick Stadium.
Fresh from the creamery, this classic dessert option will certainly give you the most bang for your buck at only $3.75. It goes down smooth to soothe the stomach after a full day of indulging on tailgate favorites.
7) University of Michigan (Michigan Stadium)
Where To Find It
Two locations: South End Zone by Section 12 and near Section 5 on the first level.
Michigan has a hallowed tradition on the gridiron, so naturally they’re keeping it classic and simple here. Ben’s Soft Pretzel in the Big House offers a big Block M special with a side of cheese for those who want to celebrate more maize than blue on game day.
6) University of Wisconsin (Camp Randall Stadium)
Brats are served stadium wide. Cheese curds are available in Section S, Level 1 & Section U, Level 3.
A double dose of Wisconsin classics! EatStreet’s home turf offers a Wisconsin brat with sauerkraut and mustard that you can wash down with some beer battered Wisconsin cheese curds. Wouldn’t be a Badger game without the Cheesehead state representing strong!
5) Ohio State University (Ohio Stadium)
Buckeye BBQ stands (15A, 6A and 17C); OverLOADED stands (34A, 9A, 10C).
Buckeye fanatics go crazy over these. Take classic nachos with cheese, peppers and all your other favorite toppings along with some savory meats and you’ve got the Smokin’ Hot Nachos in Columbus. No utensils necessary!
4) Michigan State University (Spartan Stadium)
North and south endzones and upper deck on west side of the stadium.
Party like Sparty with their house-made pulled pork sliders. In addition to the pork, they add house slaw and onion straws on toasted slider buns. Three sliders will only set you back $10 and for us, it’s the perfect combination of value and flavor.
3) Purdue University (Ross Ade Stadium)
In a partnership with Maple Leaf Farms, Purdue says cluck it to chicken wings and is dishing up something new this year: baskets of Duck Wings. If wings aren’t quite your thing, they’ve also got a BBQ duck sandwich as well as a duck bacon burger.
2) University of Illinois (Memorial Stadium)
East and West Concourses; Colonnade Club.
Taking a sweet, tasty twist on a stadium favorite, this treat is consists of cinnamon sugar tortilla chips, apple pie filling and whipped cream with a caramel drizzle. For those with the ultimate sweet tooth, the Illini have you covered!
1) University of Maryland (Maryland Stadium)
Behind Section 19.
Named after the mythical sea monster “Chessie” who is rumored to lurk in the waters of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, this colossal College Park specialty is the biggest item we feature. For $24.75 you get a one-and-a-half pound hot soft pretzel, topped with over a pound of Maryland crab dip and melted cheddar cheese. It’s recommended to be split between 4-8 people, but Maryland officials say there are numerous occasions where one person takes down this behemoth alone. Are you up for the challenge?
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