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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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The 10pc reduction also covers new ticket options available for the first time this year where fans are able to purchase a single Friday ticket for the Batelco Grandstand for BD54 instead of BD60, or buy a two-day ticket for Saturday and Sunday in the same grandstand for BD90 instead of BD100.
More than $500,000 has been provided by the Victorian Government over the past 15 years to stabilise the grandstand, and this additional funding will mean the restoration works can be completed.
An officer's report states that the new 75-seat grandstand would have the TV gantry above it with space for two TV cameras.
After the 15 per cent discount, tickets to the Main Grandstand will cost BD153 ($406.
Grandstands provide excellent and safe viewing in close proximity to the course and we would urge spectators to make a booking online.
The Al Jood tickets, which offer a special package for three days, is only available now in the North Grandstand and is priced at Dh4, 250.
Neither Antelope Valley Fair nor city officials know exactly how old the grandstands were.
A World Trade Center museum would be located beneath the grandstands.
Greg Buckner, General Manager of GT Grandstands, expressed, "We are pleased and encouraged about joining the PlayCore team.
But this year organizers have added something different: Parts of the professional road rally are being raced in front of the newly constructed grandstands at the new Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, which will also host a car show and other activities.
The BBC has a new suite with commentary platform, built as the retaining structure under promenade level, that links grandstands and the top of the terraces.
Cablevision's Kids Day takes place at the World of the Horse(TM) Exhibition Tent and Show Yard located behind the main grandstands.
Tickets cost BD150 for the Main Grandstand, BD120 for the Batelco Grandstand, BD100 for the Turn One Grandstand, and BD60 apiece for the University Grandstands and the Victory Grandstand.
Contract Awarded to provide quality products with excellent installation services and custom designs of bleachers and grandstands
Tickets can be purchased for the various grandstands strategically located around BIC, including the Main Grandstand, the Turn One Grandstand, the University Grandstand, the Batelco Grandstand, and the Victory Grandstand.