[gran-stand, grand-]
the main seating area of a stadium, racetrack, parade route, or the like, usually consisting of tiers with rows of individual seats.
the people sitting in these seats.
verb (used without object), grandstanded, grandstanding.
to conduct oneself or perform showily or ostentatiously in an attempt to impress onlookers: The senator doesn't hesitate to grandstand if it makes her point.
situated in a grandstand: grandstand seats.
having a vantage point resembling that of a grandstand: From our office windows on the third floor, we had a grandstand view of the parade.
intended to impress an onlooker or onlookers: a grandstand catch.

1835–45; grand + stand

grandstander, noun Unabridged
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grandstand (ˈɡrænˌstænd, ˈɡrænd-)
1.  a.  a terraced block of seats, usually under a roof, commanding the best view at racecourses, football pitches, etc
 b.  (as modifier): grandstand tickets
2.  the spectators in a grandstand
3.  (modifier) as if from a grandstand; unimpeded (esp in the phrase grandstand view)
4.  informal chiefly (US), (Canadian) (intr) to behave ostentatiously in an attempt to impress onlookers

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Word Origin & History

"main seating for spectators at an outdoor event," 1834, from grand + stand. The verb meaning "to show off" is student slang from 1895, from grandstand player, attested in baseball slang from 1888.
"It's little things of this sort which makes the 'grand stand player.' They make impossible catches, and when they get the ball they roll all over the field." [M.J. Kelly, "Play Ball," 1888]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
The outdoor grandstand reeked of cheap liquor and the occasional pool of vomit.
Only a small section of the grandstand is open to the public.
For that matter, there is no good reason to have a debt ceiling other than to
  give politicians a chance to grandstand.
There is a shaded grandstand for news conferences and where reporters are
  setting up their typewriters and recorders.
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