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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.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
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Summary: New Delhi [India], Sep 28 (NewsVoir): More than nine million cricket fans had a ringside view of the cricket matches through the banter and bonhomie of the former cricketers Virender Sehwag and Shahid Afridi.