have a ringside seat/view

have a ringside seat

1. Literally, to have a front-row seat next to a boxing ring (thought to be the best place to watch the match). Wow, you have ringside seats to that fight? They must have cost thousands!
2. By extension, to be in close proximity to a certain situation or event. I unexpectedly had a ringside seat when a fight broke out at the bar. Living near this forest my whole life, I've had a ringside seat to witness the change in the population of birds.
See also: have, ringside, seat

have a ringside view

1. Literally, to have a front-row seat next to a boxing ring (thought to be the best place to watch the match). Wow, you have a ringside view to that fight? They must have cost thousands!
2. By extension, to be in close proximity to a certain situation or event. I unexpectedly had a ringside view when a fight broke out at the bar. Living near this forest my whole life, I've had a ringside view to witness the change in the population of birds.
See also: have, ringside, view

have a ringside ˈseat/ˈview

(informal) be in a very good position to see something happen: My flat overlooks the central square, so I had a ringside view of the demonstration.
At a boxing match or a circus, a ringside seat is one which is closest to the ring.
See also: have, ringside, seat, view