Google is now offering Street View for all 12 FIFA World Cup 2014 stadiums.
The FIFA World Cup, which will be held in Brazil this year, is starting next week on Thursday, June 12th. In preparation for the huge soccer event, Google has Street View capabilities for all 12 of the stadiums. Google typically adds Street View imagery to stadiums that host major events such as the Super Bowl or the Olympics.
Fans can now take a virtual tour of the FIFA World Cup stadiums from the comfort of their own homes. In addition to looking at the gigantic stadiums, fans can also check out the famous painted streets of Brazil, which are considered one of the country’s tournament traditions.
The FIFA World Cup is one of the largest sporting events in the world, and features 32 soccer teams competing to become champions. The tournament happens once every four years and features only the top 32 soccer teams in the world, narrowed down from hundreds of competing teams from across the globe.
The World Cup will start next week on Thursday, June 12th. The first game will feature Brazil facing off against Croatia in the newly built Arena de Sao Paulo.
Although Brazil is one of the teams that is favored to win, a lot of its citizens have been upset that Brazil is hosting the expensive 2014 FIFA World Cup. Poverty is widespread in the South American country, and many people go without basic needs such as good medical treatment or a decent education.
The country’s poverty may have an effect on foreign visitors who have come to watch the soccer matches. Brazil has a high crime rate, and a poor public transportation system. Although the country had promised to build better means of travel, the cost of the soccer stadiums destroyed any hope of that.
At the end of the FIFA 2014 World Cup, citizens will unfortunately be left with nothing more than a bunch of expensive and over-sized soccer stadiums.
If you want to take a look at the streets of Brazil or the stadiums to see what the country is like for yourself, take a look at Google’s interactive Street View imagery here.