First Minister hails start of Olympic football in Scotland
Commenting on the Olympic football being staged at Hampden, First Minister Alex Salmond said:
"Olympic football at Hampden promises to be something pretty special and I'm very excited about being there to see it for myself.
"Many, many Scots have been working incredibly hard for months behind the scenes to make the Olympics get off to a safe and successful start here and I'm grateful to them all.
"The tie between the USA, the current women’s Olympic champions, and France will focus the eyes of the world on Scotland and I know our home crowd will do them - and us - proud.
"We have made tickets available to thousands of children and I hope thousands of families are going to make the most of the school holidays - not to mention the sunshine - by taking part in this once-in-a-generation experience.
"Scotland is playing host to some of the very first Olympic events and I can think of no luckier place to be than in the Hampden stand. All the very best to all those taking part!"