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How to build Memorial Stadium: A Review of FOCO

Find yourself with too much free time on your hands right now? Like models and having sick looking gear to display on your shelves? Then have I got the deal for you!

Are you in need of a hobby during all of this time by yourself at home? Or do you need something to make time for yourself away from a spouse/kids? Do you love having really cool model displays of your favorite sports stadiums for all to see? Then do I have the recommendation for you when it comes to your Nebraska Cornhuskers!

For Christmas 2018 my husband and I received the Spartan Stadium FOCO BRXLZ from one of my siblings and his wife. It was a fun build that I enjoyed having on the shelf so much I insisted to my husband he should buy me the Breslin Center for his anniversary present to me (which he did). However, there we stopped as we ran out of places to display these in our sometimes, especially of late, far too small apartment.

Then I changed jobs back in January and finally had an office with space to display them. So with them both out of sight of his, lots of home time needing something to do besides more Netflix, and a huge sale on their Memorial Stadium kit, guess what I purchased and assembled!

Overall this took me around 5 days to assemble in the evenings mostly. Something I learned quickly with my first one of these in Spartan Stadium is to immediately separate the bags of pieces out into bowls.

There are enough variety of shapes and sizes that you will need to really spread them out across bowls at first, and I recommend you try to keep similar shape/size pieces together as much as possible early on. However, best to keep similar colors separate at first until you have enough room to keep them apart within the same bowl. I cannot stress enough how many bowls you will need for this as there are a total of 4648 pieces that make up the BRXLZ Memorial Stadium model.

If that is a tad too daunting for you, the PZLZ model has only 162 pieces. I have not built that one myself yet, but FOCO is a great brand and I am sure you will be happy with that as well.

This could be a fun parent/child project, but overall this is not something a young child should be exposed to as the pieces can be super tiny. Recommended ages are 12+, so also bear that in mind. The directions can be a bit tricky at first, but once you see the difference between a previous layer and the current along with the different color contrasts of pieces then it is straight forward as long as you pay close attention to what you are doing. The build out will look something like this if you’re curious:

There is a lot of fan gear and other smaller Husker logo and mascot models you can find, as well as plenty of MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, and other college gear they have in addition to Memorial Stadium. Sadly no PBA at this point, though. But FOCO does have most of their product line-up marked way, way down right now so take a look here. On top of that, I reached out to them about the stadium after I built it and managed to get a promo code for you all for an extra 10% off on top of the mark down already. I am not getting any kick back or anything from the code so don’t think this is some rigged write-up, it’s just a nice discount they are offering you all during our time of home-bound boredom so be sure to take advantage! In the promo code just type in “CORNNATION10” for the discount, limit one use per customer, but active until May 3rd.

If you have any other questions feel free to ask away in the comments, on Twitter, or via email and I am happy to answer. I hope you enjoy building one for yourself because they look awesome when you are done!