Can’t make it to Brazil this summer?
If you’re a soccer fan who’s stuck working in some other part of the world or if all the tickets to your favorite game have just been sold out, don’t despair. Just fire up your Web browser.
Google on Thursday unveiled a new Google Maps feature using its famed Street View. With a couple clicks and a roll of the mouse, you can take a virtual tour of any of the 12 stadiums around Brazil where the world’s greatest teams will be competing
The feature lets soccer aficionados peek inside stadiums, airports and other interesting locations. They can also find directions and information about interesting points of interest should they decide to abandon their living rooms and hop on a plane to Brazil.
No word on whether you can take a virtual stroll through Rio’s notorious favelas (the sprawling slums on the hillsides that are inextricably linked to the city’s identity…)