FIFA World Cup 2014 fans can now view the 12 various stadiums across Brazil as well as its historic painted streets through the Google Maps Street View, based on a company blog post on June 5.
Research says the street view of the stadiums will serve two types of fans: one is for those who will attend the event and will need a bit of help in finding their way around; the other is for those who can’t attend but would want to get a feel and look of the stadiums were 32 national soccer teams will compete in 64 matches.
“Whether you’re watching from the comfort of your couch or packing your bags for Brazil, Google Maps is your ticket to the games,” writes Deanna Yick, program manager at Google Street View.
Aside from a dozen of stadiums and the tournament’s tradition of painted streets, Google Maps also shows many images from hundreds of sites in Brazil, such as St. Michael of the Missions and Iguaçu National Park, as well as other images from countries in Latin America such as Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Chile.
Yick also writes in the blog post that fans leaving for Brazil should not forget to take Google Maps for mobile with them. The app is said to provide three things: transit, indoor maps and turn-by-turn navigation.
Google Maps transit assures local FIFA World Cup fans and visitors the best possible route to the stadiums and to other destinations whether by train or by bus. Transit is available in the 12 host cities in Brazil.
Indoor Maps, meanwhile, shows the way through over 100 venues around Brazil, which include shopping malls, tournament stadiums and airports, among others.
The turn-by-turn navigation likewise provides World Cup attendees voice-guided directions and accurate traffic information, including real-time reports on incidents from Waze.
Based on research, stadiums in Brazil, such as the Rua Professor Eurico Rabelo in Rio de Janeiro, were not found easily on Google Maps in the past, and its interiors were also said to be inaccessible from Street View.
FIFA World Cup 2014 arenas are said to spread out in the following: Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Curitiba, Cuiaba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Sao Paulo and Salvador. Of these 12 stadiums, Xinhua News Agency reported that only six will be Wi-Fi enabled, namely Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Cuiaba, Manaus, Brasilia and Salvador. The remaining six have no choice but to rely on 2G, 3G and 4G networks. Unfortunately, the lack of a Wi-Fi connection in other arenas was allegedly caused by a communication breakdown between stadium managers and telecoms in Brazil.