Cowboys Stadium, home of this years Super Bowl, looks great in 3D

As recently mentioned on the Google Lat Long blog, Cowboys Stadium — the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and host of the Super Bowl this year — looks amazing in 3D!

Like a few other recent areas, including the guide to Turkey that we posted this morning, the inside of the stadium is built out as well.

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The interior is quite interesting; on one had, they have excellent details such as all of the handrails around the stadium. On the other hand, the imagery for the field itself is quite fuzzy. Still, it’s very cool to be able to fly around inside the stadium.

To see it for yourself, you can fly there in Google Maps “Earth View”, use this KML file to fly there in Google Earth, or watch the short video below that gives a nice tour of the model.

Using SketchUp to model interiors

3D models in Google Earth have been getting better and better every week, but one key area always remains unfinished — the inside. Modeler ‘PeterG’ has finished modeling the inside of the Leku Chillida Museum and it looks amazing!

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The building has just been updated in the main “3D Buildings” layer, and you can fly to it using this KML file.

Here is a quick video tour that he created to show it all off:

This is only possible because of an often-overlooked feature in Google Earth 5.2 — improved camera clipping. Prior to 5.2, you couldn’t zoom in very close to an object or it would disappear from view, so trying to browse around an interior like this would have been virtually impossible. Now with the improved clipping, it works great!

It’s even better when you browse around outside. Nearby buildings are accurately rendered, along with trees, bushes, benches and all kinds of items. It gives the whole area an amazingly realistic feel.

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His blog (written in Spanish) can be found at gipuzkoa3d.blogspot.com.