Rating the best and worst playing surfaces

So what kind of field do players like the best? Grass of course. But which stadium ranked the best of the best? And which fields were voted the worst? Read on.

When it comes to playing football, grass is best. We all know that.

But which grass is favored by the players? According to an opinion survey conducted by the NFL Players Association, it's – drum roll, please – the Arizona Cardinals' University of Phoenix Stadium.

No surprise, the poll of 1,619 active players from all 32 teams showed that grass is considered better and safer by players. Obviously, the results are important because injuries can often be related to field conditions.

The NFLPA conducts the survey every two years, and the Cardinals' field was voted the best grass surface for a second consecutive time. Following behind Arizona's field were Raymond James Stadium (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego Chargers), Bank of America Stadium (Carolina Panthers) and Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers). Whatever happened to the frozen tundra?

Worst NFL grass fields: Heinz Field (Pittsburgh Steelers), Oakland Coliseum (Oakland Raiders), Soldier Field (Chicago Bears), Sun Life Stadium (Miami Dolphins) and Cleveland Browns Stadium (Cleveland Browns).

Among artificial surfaces, the Indianapolis Colts' Lucas Oil Stadium was judged the best by players. Ranking behind it were New Meadowlands Stadium (New York Giants/New York Jets), Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans Saints), Qwest Field (Seattle Seahawks) and Cowboys Stadium (Dallas Cowboys).

Worst artificial fields: Metrodome (Minnesota Vikings), Ralph Wilson Stadium (Buffalo Bills), Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis Rams), Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati Bengals) and New Meadowlands Stadium.

So how can the Giants'/Jets' field rank among both the best and worst? It received big support from the Jets, Patriots and Redskins, but the Panthers, Steelers and (go figure) the Patriots also hated it.

Which teams like University of Phoenix Stadium best? The Cardinals, of course, but also the Houston Texans, Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams.

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