giant gingerbread of Bryant-Denny Stadium

Campus Confections: Giant Gingerbread Bryant-Denny Stadium

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Just in time for the holidays, giant gingerbread replicas of The University of Alabama’s most iconic landmarks, Bryant-Denny Stadium and Denny Chimes, are on display in Lakeside Dining Hall on campus.

Crafted by Bama Dining’s Executive Chef Matt Lowery and his culinary team, the impressive confections are built from gingerbread, frosting and assorted candies.

the football field inside the gingerbread stadium
The Bryant-Denny Stadium gingerbread replica includes more than 3,500 pieces of candy.

Bama Dining has typically built a gingerbread house for display each holiday season but took it to a new level last year by sculpting Denny Chimes out of sweets. This year the team wanted to take it a step further.

“It has always been a passion of mine to step outside of the box and create something that will bring others happiness. This rings so true with our students at The University of Alabama,” said Lowery. “They are so passionate about their university and the Crimson Tide. Watching them stop and take photos with the Bryant-Denny Stadium Gingerbread House is the icing on the cake!”

The Bryant-Denny Stadium gingerbread replica is approximately 6 feet long and weighs approximately 750 pounds. It features more than 3,500 pieces of candy placed by hand and took more than 40 hours to construct.

Big al and the chef with the giant gingerbread stadium
Bama Dining’s Executive Chef Matt Lowery with Big Al behind the gingerbread Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Students and visitors can see the gingerbread Bryant-Denny Stadium and Denny Chimes at Lakeside Dining Hall from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

Bama Dining works to provide a balanced food service program that meets the nutritional, educational, and social needs of students and the university community. Bama Dining’s standards include exceeding customer expectations, employing the best people, and seeking new opportunities while ensuring environmental stewardship and performing with integrity.

The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus. A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.