FIFA World Cup play is set to begin next week and Google is just as amped as anyone else. But if you’re like most of us and simply can’t afford to visit one of the 12 host stadiums in person, Google has you covered with new Street View imagery of each stadium as well as their surrounding areas.
The update also includes imagery of Brazil’s iconic painted streets, a tournament tradition as well as hundreds of tourist sites across the country. For example, viewers can get a first-person view of sites like Iguaçu National Park and St. Michael of the Missions, just to name a few.
If you’re one of the lucky ones planning to make the trip to see the world's biggest soccer tournament in person, Google has some new features to assist in your travels. Specifically, you’ll have access to updated transit information and indoor maps for more than 100 venues including airports, shopping malls and tournament stadiums.
There’s also mobile turn-by-turn navigation so you can zip from place to place, complete with real-time traffic information, incident reports from Waze and voice-guided directions.
Soccer isn’t terribly popular in the US at this point but people in other countries go absolutely bonkers over the sport. I may tune in to check out a game or two but I have no vested interest in a particular team. How about you? Which team will you be cheering for?