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NFL Players and Owners Push for Natural Grass at MetLife Stadium: Challenges and Considerations

NFL players universally prefer playing on natural grass, a sentiment particularly pronounced when it comes to MetLife Stadium’s turf, despite its recent upgrade to an artificial surface. The owners of the Jets and Giants, Woody Johnson and John Mara, acknowledge the demand for grass at their shared stadium, a sentiment amplified by the upcoming 2026 World Cup final to be held there.

Johnson disclosed that discussions about potentially switching to grass occur regularly between them, though logistical challenges loom large due to the stadium’s busy schedule and the unpredictable New Jersey weather, especially towards the end of the NFL season.

The announcement that MetLife Stadium will host several matches during the 2026 World Cup underscores the contrast between its artificial turf and the preferred grass surfaces of international soccer. While the World Cup matches will feature grass, the stadium’s regular tenants, the Jets and Giants, will continue to play on FieldTurf Core HD, a surface considered subpar by many NFL players. The scheduling of World Cup matches allows for intervals between games, unlike the NFL’s potential back-to-back games, which could pose maintenance challenges for a natural grass field, particularly in inclement weather conditions.

Yachiga Tavershima
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