How a Subbuteo fan built an incredible stadium out of an old bunk bed

A full Subbuteo stadium that looks this good under the lights is the goal for many who have got back into the world’s best table top football game.

Paul Jackson shared his incredible floodlit stadium and we were desperate to find out exactly how it was made.

With four neat red stands, a full size pitch and working floodlights it is not only the stadium of many people’s dreams but it is also easy to dismantle and move around – meaning it can actually be used to play on without much hassle.

The stands of the stadium are modified from traditional Subbuteo terraces but the table itself is repurposed from an old bunk bed.

Paul says: “The best place for the stands are probably eBay but watch the prices as can vary I sprayed the stands red with tins paint from B&M or Maxwells and hand painted steps and gang ways with old airfix tins of grey and black for front advertising.

“The stands at the minute are just fixed onto off cuts of hardboard and soft wood for support. I connected the stands together with super glue and stands to hard board with no more nails. And the out door table is just old wood from my daughter’s old bunk beds. It still has S Club 7 stickers on!

“The plan is to keep the four stands separate and to keep it easy to connect and dismantle as it’s for playing on with my son and not just for display.”

The stadium is perfect for playing on and like all of the Subbuteo stadiums we feature, we are blown away by the amazing design, and attention to detail put in to these arenas.

Thanks to Paul for sharing another superb Subbuteo stadium and for the tips on doing your own.

Stephen Hurrell
Stephen Hurrell
Stephen is the founder and editor of The Hobby Online and The Hobby by Subbuteo.Online print magazine. He is a giant nerd and specialises in Subbuteo, retro football kits and consumer stories. A journalist and editor of 15 years, he has written about football for some of the UK's biggest publications.

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