crush space
n. The areas in a stadium or other venue that are designed to handle large crowds before and after an event and during intermissions.

Example Citation:
The Civic Theatre's stunning Tay Street facade is on track for an equally impressive interior.

Huge plans have been drafted for a massive $ 11.46 million redevelopment of the theatre which Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt has called the city council's "last big community project." Aside from some strengthening in the 1980s, the theatre has remained unchanged since its 1906 opening...

At the front of house, the scope of work planned includes: Reconfiguration of the Tay Street entrance to increase the crush space in the foyers.
—Cherie Sivignon, "Civic to shed shabby and dated interior," The Southland Times (New Zealand), July 8, 2002

Earliest Citation:
It is hard to predict whether Torontonians will appreciate the generous amount of "crush space" designed into the Air Canada Centre.
—John Barber, "Ghosts of the Gardens tell tales of glory and disgrace," The Globe and Mail, February 13, 1999

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