With less than a week to go before the opening kickoff of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, last-minute preparations are being finalized in the 12 cities and stadiums set to host the 64 games of the series. With more than 3 million visitors expected to travel to the country for the games, the South American nation has been working around the clock to make sure its infrastructure and social systems are ready to handle the influx of tourists.

If you’re not one of those 3 million tourists trekking to Brazil (or even if you are), you can now take a Google Maps tour of the 12 stadiums where the world’s best soccer players will be battling it out for World Cup glory. It’s not quite the same as getting on the pitch yourself, but it’s the closest you’re going to get if your name isn’t Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Ariaga, Ariaga II, Bariaga, Aruglia or Pizzoza.

Click over to Google Maps World Cup Stadium Tour to see for yourself.

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Can't make it to Brazil for the World Cup? Take a Google Street View tour of the stadiums instead
Google sent its Street View team to Brazil to photograph the 12 stadiums where the 2014 World Cup games will be played.