Bucs, Panthers have top playing fields

The NFL Players Association released its 2010 survey of playing fields Thursday and the NFC South, as usual, fared very well.

Players are surveyed every two years and asked to rank the stadiums that have natural grass and those that have artificial surfaces. Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium, and Tampa Stadium before that, has been a traditional favorite in the survey that dates back to 1984. That hasn’t changed.

In this year’s survey of natural-grass fields, players ranked Raymond James Stadium No. 2, behind only Arizona’s University of Phoenix Stadium. Those two finished in the same spots in the 2008 survey. Prior to 2008, Tampa Bay’s home field ranked No. 1 in every survey.

Carolina’s Bank of America Stadium, another traditional favorite, ranked No. 4 among grass fields.

The NFC South’s two domes, the Georgia Dome and the Superdome, also fared well in the ranking of artificial surfaces. The Superdome ranked No. 3 and the Georgia Dome was No. 6.