|Google Brings NFL Stadium Imagery to Google Maps|
|By SAMANTHA MURPHY||Feb 15, 2013, 10:21 AM|
Wish you could sneak into the locker room of your favorite National Football League (NFL) team or see what it's like to run out of the tunnel on game day? Google announced on Friday it's bringing NFL stadium imagery to Google Maps, starting with an inside look at where the Indianapolis Colts play.
By searching for Lucas Oil Stadium — with keywords such as, appropriately, "Lucas Oil Stadium" or "Colts Stadium" — in Google Maps on your web browser or app (iOS or Android), fans are treated to a 360-degree interactive photo tour.
Although Lucas Oil Stadium is the only NFL venue working with Google Maps for now, the company said it will likely roll out stadium imagery with more franchises in the future.
"A few football enthusiasts on the Google Maps team thought it would be neat to publish imagery of NFL stadiums on Google Maps," a Google spokesperson said. "We approached the Colts and worked closely with them to capture this imagery."
The highlighted spots go behind the stadium's three concourses to areas not typically seen by the average Colts fan.
"Google recognized we have one of the most dynamic facilities in the world, and this is a great way to show it," Indianapolis Colts spokesperson Avis Roper told Mashable. "We host a number of events in our building, but some fans have never had a chance to see certain parts of the arena."
For example, users get to peek inside the Colts locker room, which was recently in the limelight when Head Coach Chuck Pagano made a memorable post-game speech in November after a win. (The speech went viral). And it's not often fans get to tour some of the VIP suites.
"I think fans will be most surprised by how big the Colts locker room is — it may be one of the biggest in the NFL," Roper said. "I wish we could have added more photos with the roof and window open, but there are still a lot of pictures fans will love."
The Colts may be the only NFL team with stadium imagery on Google Maps, but the company said it is always looking to grow its image collections.
"While we don't have any plans to announce at this time, we're always interested in adding new imagery to the map and making it as comprehensive as possible," Google said.
For a deeper look at the Colt's stadium, click here. Since the NFL season is 202 days away, this should help keep you busy in the meantime.