Soccer superstars such as Lionel Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo have had to devote nearly every waking hour of their lives from the time they were age 5 to earn the right to look around a World Cup stadium from midfield.
But you and me? We can now get about 80% of the experience (no screaming fans or racing pulses for us) for 0% of the effort.
With one week to go before Brazil's World Cup kicks off, Google Maps has added Street View features for all 12 of the tournament's stadiums. The mapping service not only lets you go inside and virtually stroll around each stadium, but around its surrounding neighborhoods too as the Maps update expanded Street View in many of the nation's host cities.
The brand new and refurbished stadiums stretch from the Amazon (Manaus) to the beach (Rio) and feature all sorts of modern architectural features, albeit, in many cases, while squatting among crowded neighborhoods and sucking up billions of dollars residents demanded be spent elsewhere.
But still, if you can overlook those things for a moment -- as well as that eight people died constructing these stadiums in terrible conditions and unforgiving geographic locations -- and just let the thrill of the World Cup wash over you, this is a digital detour very much worth your time. Which, while valuable, is probably significantly less than you would have had to shell out to actually get these kind of views in person.
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