# A Football Field of Pizza

Here's your nightly math! Just 5 quick minutes of number fun for kids and parents at home. Read a cool fun fact, followed by math riddles at different levels so everyone can jump in. Your kids will love you for it.

# A Football Field of Pizza

September 5, 2017

Today is Cheese Pizza Day here in America, as if we need another reason to eat one? The pizza was invented in Naples, Italy around 300 years ago. It was a quick, easy way for people to eat bread, cheese and some veggies (tomatoes) while walking around. From that small start, today Americans alone eat over 100 acres of pizza each day. An acre is a rectangle 660 feet long by 66 wide, so that’s huge — enough to cover 75 football fields! How much flour does it take to make that much pizza? How many truckloads of tomatoes? 75 football fields of pizza takes a lot of math.

Wee ones: If you’ve eaten 4 slices of pizza, what number is your next slice?

Little kids: If you cut 1 pizza into 6 equal slices and the other same-sized pizza into 8 equal slices, which pizza has the bigger slices?  Bonus: If a thin-crust pizza feeds 6 kids and a deep-dish feeds twice as many since it’s thicker, how many kids does a deep-dish serve?

Big kids: If America eats 75 football fields of pizza in 1 day, how many football fields will the country eat in a normal 2-day weekend?  Bonus: How about in 1 week?

The sky’s the limit: A football field holds close to 20,000 pizzas. If your local pizzeria makes 100 pizzas a day, how many months and days would they take to fill that field? (Assume the months alternate 30 and 31 days.)