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grandstand play

1. In sports, any excessively showy action or maneuver during play done primarily to impress or entertain the spectators. Originally specific to baseball, it has since been extended to any sport. Rather than shoot the ball and secure an easy two points for the team, she instead attempted to slam dunk the ball as a grandstand play for the crowd.
2. By extension, any excessively dramatic, showy, or ostentatious action, behavior, or maneuver. Our manager is more concerned with making a grandstand play for the CEO than effectively running the office. The dictator's constant threats of war are more of a grandstand play than a legitimate concern to the rest of the world.
See also: grandstand, play

make a grandstand play

1. In sports, to perform any excessively showy action or maneuver during play so as to impress or entertain the spectators. Originally specific to baseball, it has since been extended to any sport. Rather than shoot the ball and secure an easy two points for the team, she decided instead to make a grandstand play by trying for a slam dunk.
2. By extension, to act or behave in an excessively dramatic, showy, or ostentatious manner; to show off. Our manager is more concerned with making a grandstand play for the CEO than effectively running the office.
See also: grandstand, make, play

grandstand play, make a

Show off, act ostentatiously, as in His colleagues were annoyed with Tom for constantly making a grandstand play at sales conferences . This expression was first used for a baseball play made to impress the crowd in the grandstand (the section of high-priced seats at ballparks). [Second half of 1800s] For a synonym, see play to the gallery.
See also: grandstand, make

grandstand

in. to make oneself conspicuous. Don’t you just hate the way that Pat grandstands all the time?

grandstand play

n. something done exceedingly well to impress an audience or a group of spectators. The grandstand play caught the attention of the crowd just as they were leaving.
See also: grandstand, play
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Race Day tickets are priced at BD155 for Main Grandstand, BD105 for Batelco Grandstand, BD70 for Turn 1 Grandstand, BD50-BD60 for University Grandstand and BD45-BD50 for Victory Grandstand.
Attractive ticket prices can also be found for the Batelco Grandstand, Turn 1 Grandstand, the University Grandstands and Victory Grandstand 2.
MTA ticket packages and grandstand seats are available by calling Sharp Seating Company in Pasadena, (626) 795-4171.
The Main Grandstand gives spectators arguably the best view of the Grand Prix, as it overlooks several key points such as the start grid, the Formula One pit lane, the main straight, the finish line, and the winners' podium.
Discounts are also available for the Batelco Grandstand, Turn 1 Grandstand, the University Grandstands and Victory Grandstand 2.
Tickets for the featured concerts are $25 for track, $20 for grandstand and $15 for bleacher seating.
Under the "Early Bird Discount", a three-day Main Grandstand ticket costs just BD153 as compared to its full price of BD180.
Very attractive prices can also be found for the Batelco Grandstand, Turn One Grandstand, the University Grandstands and Victory Grandstand two.
Surprisingly, only grandstands 2, 5, 6 and 7 were affected by the change.
Bahrain International Circuit is also selling tickets to its three other grandstands, including the Batelco Grandstand, Turn One Grandstand and the University Grandstand.
Photo: (color) Lancaster parks department employees erect a Fourth of July stage in front of grandstands at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds on Thursday.
The grandstand would have black and white seats with Wedgwood blue cladding to match the other grandstands.
NUSSLI's expertise and use of state-of-the-art technology to build temporary grandstands has resulted in numerous improvements to increase the circuit's capacity and the number of seats available without compromising pre-purchased tickets.
The client therefore intends to procure two portable grandstands along with the dazugeE[micro]hrigen chairs.
Apart from the Main Grandstand and Turn One Grandstand, the BIC Early Bird Discount is also available for the Batelco Grandstand, University Grandstands and Victory Grandstands at 10 per cent off.