MetLife Stadium gets new synthetic turf after injury concerns
A new playing surface has been installed at MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Giants and New York Jets, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan.
The new playing surface is believed to be an improved synthetic turf that will decrease the number of injuries, notes Raanan. The Giants and Jets will now play on an updated version of FieldTurf, which is the first multilayer dual-polymer monofilament fiber.
The stadium's previous turf was widely criticized by players. Multiple players suffered torn ACL injuries at MetLife Stadium in recent years, including Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard and former Baltimore Ravens cornerback Kyle Fuller in 2022. In 2020, five San Francisco 49ers players sustained lower-body injuries in a road game against the Jets, including Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas, who suffered a torn ACL.
Julian Love, a Giants captain in 2022 who signed with the Seattle Seahawks this offseason, said last year that, "the stats have shown we are on one of the worst fields in the league."
MetLife Stadium was one of six NFL stadiums that used slit film turf last season.
Giants owner John Mara told reporters earlier this week that the team's practice facility is also getting the new turf.