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Players name MetLife Stadium worst place to play

If you don’t like the place, you aren’t alone

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MetLife Stadium, home to the New York Giants and New York Jets, is the worst place to play in the NFL. That according to a player survey conducted by The Athletic.

There were 79 respondents to the survey, and 18.4% listed MetLife as the worst stadium in the league. FedEx Field, home to the Washington Commanders, got 13.9% of the vote. Highmark Stadium, home to the Buffalo Bills, received 12.7% of the vote.

Comments from players posted by The Athletic were:

“Turf sucks and the whole place is lame.”

“Fans are horrible. Everything about that place is horrible.”


It seems like no one likes MetLife.

The turf has long been a source of complaint, though with a new and more advanced playing surface installed this season that may no longer be valid. Players would prefer grass, obviously, but the current FieldTurf Core system is the first multi-layer dual-polymer fiber turf field. Players have said it is softer than the turf previously used at MetLife.

The drab, gray look of the stadium — featuring slats on the outside that make it look like a big air-conditioning vent — has also been criticized. It is, of course, a compromise design between two franchises that cannot favor one or the other.

As for complaints about the fans, well, handling that is not my department.

Other survey nuggets

  • Patrick Mahomes was named the game’s best player by 46.4% of 84 voters.
  • Giants’ defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence got 2.9% of the vote for league’s best trash-talker. C’mon Dex, gotta up your game.
  • The most annoying fan base? The Eagles led the way with 25.3% of the vote. The Cowboys were second at 24.7%. I’m sure Giants fans have no problem with that result.