MetLife Stadium in New Jersey is set to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup final. The stadium, home to NFL teams the New York Jets and Giants, has been criticized by players, who voted it as the worst in the NFL. The players expressed dissatisfaction with the artificial turf and the atmosphere created by fans of the home teams. Some players, including Jets star Garrett Wilson, have openly criticized the playing surface and its impact on the game.
Following injuries and complaints from players, concerns have been raised about the suitability of the stadium for hosting such a major event. However, New Jersey officials are eager to welcome fans from around the world for the iconic tournament, emphasizing the celebration of diversity and values that the World Cup represents. The players’ criticism has raised questions about the stadium’s readiness for the World Cup, especially considering the potential impact on players and the game. Nevertheless, New Jersey officials are optimistic about the tournament and are looking forward to the global stage it will provide for the city and the sport.