TORONTO – With less than a week to go until the first World Cup match kicks off, Google has released imagery of all 12 Brazilian stadiums to get those watching from the comfort of their own homes into the action.
According to a blog post announcing the maps, Google hopes to create a “digital legacy” of the 2014 games.
Users can explore the Arena de São Paulo (Arena Corinthians), the new home for one of Brazil’s most successful club’s Corinthians Paulista, where the World Cup opening ceremony will be held. The stadium was supposed to be ready in December 2013, but is still under going last-minute measures to make sure it’s ready for World Cup action.
Brazil’s Maracana Stadium, built in 1950 to host the FIFA World Cup, will be the stage for the 2014 World Cup’s final match. The stadium seats over 78,000 fans, making it the largest stadium in Brazil and in South America.
Users can also take a look at the Mineirão stadium which will host 4 group matches, 1 round-of-16 match and 1 semifinal of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
In addition to the stadiums, Google also took its Street View camera’s to areas surrounding the venues, to get a feel for the Brazilian culture. Users can browse images of Brazil’s painted streets, many of which celebrate World Cup fan fever.
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