Olympic football kicks off
Published by Anne Marie Hughes on Thu 26 Jul 12 @ 12:14
Glasgow hosted its first Olympic event yesterday as Hampden Park welcomed 12,000 spectators to the first of eight football matches to be played in the city.
After five years of build up, there was a carnival atmosphere across the South Side as the women's match between France and the USA kicked off.
The stadium was awash with colour as local school children decorated the railings and walls near by, with many of the fans donning national strips as they waved flags of their home team in unison.
Both countries sent a large contingency of travelling support, with plenty of other nations making up the crowd in Scotland's national stadium.
With the game being played under a glorious summer sky, the weather was equally as kind for the evening fixture between North Korea and Colombia
Many people in and around the stadium had ventured up from London, intent on soaking up the unique Glasgow atmosphere while the games were on.
Looking forward to the six more matches set to be played in the city, Glasgow is showing off its sporting credentials to a global audience, once again demonstrating our capacity to be a world class sporting destination.
In the run up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games, opportunities to promote the city's infrastructure, hospitality and entertainment sector are invaluable, further illustrating to the world why Glasgow should be the number one choice for any event.