MetLife Stadium to Get New Playing Surface in 2023, per Report

MetLife Stadium to Get New Playing Surface in 2023, per Report

MetLife Stadium, home of the Giants and Jets, is poised to get a new playing field for the 2023 season, according to a report from NJ Advance Media. The news was revealed by Giants safety Julian Love, who is the team’s union representative.

” The Giants and MetLife have begun to work together to get things done for next season,” Love stated, per NJ Advance Media. “That turf will change. The stats have shown that we are on one of the worst fields in the league.”

The current playing surface at the stadium is FieldTurf Classic HD. It was installed in May 2020 at the venue in East Rutherford, N.J. It is unknown if the new surface will be made of natural grass or artificial turf. Love stated that natural grass is his preferred surface. This preference was shared by the majority of players.

“Part of the challenge is the two teams and all of the events that [happen] on that field, and so we would love grass, but if that’s not feasible, then the new state-of-the-art turf that is available will have to go down instead,” Love said, per NJ Advance Media. “The Giants are on the ball on that type of thing, and I think there is now a push to make everybody the same way.”

The change is being planned as the NFL faces heavy scrutiny for its use of artificial turf in regard to player safety.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, free agent wideout Odell Beckham Jr., Packers linebacker De’Vondre Campbell, players union president JC Tretter, Chiefs coach Andy Reid and Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford’s wife, Kelly, are among the NFL figures and observers to criticize the league this season for the prevalence of artificial turf around the league.

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