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.
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.
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