Nosebleed section

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In the United States, Canada and Australia, the nosebleed section are the seats of a public area, usually an athletic stadium or gymnasium, that are highest and, usually, farthest from the desired activity. A common tongue-in-cheek reference to having seats at the upper tiers of a stadium is "sitting in the nosebleed section," or "nosebleed seats." The reference alludes to the tendency for mountain climbers to suffer nosebleeds at high altitudes.

The term appeared in print as early as 1953 when it was used to describe the last row in the end zone at Philadelphia's Municipal Stadium (later John F. Kennedy Stadium) during that year's Army-Navy football game.[1]

Other usesEdit

The Nosebleed Section is the name of a song by the Australian hip hop music group Hilltop Hoods. Contrary to the above definition the Hilltop Hoods refer to the 'nosebleed section' as the front row. The song commences with:

For my people in the front
In the nosebleed section

The song further features other references to the 'nosebleed section' as the 'front row' throughout the song.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Harris, Harold H. (30 Nov 1953). "Politics and People". Brooklyn Eagle. p. 2. Retrieved 8 Jun 2019.
  2. ^ "The Nosebleed Section". Genius. Retrieved 29 Apr 2021.