The World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the known universe. The only thing is Brazil is a long trek for most of us, and, y'know things around the world cup tend to get a bit... rowdy? Well, Google Maps is bringing Street View to all 12 of the stadiums, so you can explore them from the convenience/safety of your own couch.
While the up-close-and-personal view of the venues is definitely the highlight here, you'll also be able to check out the traditional painted streets around the area. Additionally, they have added a lot of lovely imagery from other sites around Brazil, including Iguaçu National Park and St. Michael of the Missions.
In addition to parading around all this prettiness for those us playing the home game, for folks lucky enough to actually be making the trip, el Google wants to remind you that it has transit information (and turn-by-turn directions) in all 12 host cities, which should be of some comfort. It has indoor maps for over 100 venues too.
You can explore all 12 stadiums here and the iconic painted streets here. If only you could virtually explore the stadiums in while the games were happening in realtime. Now that would be a Sunday Ticket worth shelling out for. Maybe someday... [Google Lat Long Blog]