Nosebleed section

The expression nosebleed section is an idiom. We will examine the meaning of the idiomatic phrase nosebleed section, where it came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.

The nosebleed section is the area of seating in a stadium or arena that is located very high and very far away from the field of play. The nosebleed section consists of seats that cost the least because they are far away from the action. The allusion is to the fact that one may have a nosebleed when exposed to high altitude. Typically, the expression nosebleed section is applied to seating for an athletic event. The idiom nosebleed section was first used to describe seats at American football games in the 1950s, though the term rose sharply in popularity in the 1980s.


U.S. Open runner-up Daniil Medvedev found himself seated in the nosebleed section at Margaret Court Arena, even though he was playing his second-round match there. (The New York Times)

They got free tickets online, made their way in, kept themselves inconspicuous, and felt lucky when they were lined up in a prominent spot instead of up in the nosebleed section. (The Nevada Current)

For fans that haven’t already purchased tickets or those unwilling to queue from early morning for seats in the nosebleed section, there is another way to watch sumo. (The Japan Times)