PITTSBURG — Extra staff was brought in to try and keep up with the expected demand for Mitt Romney tickets that went on sale Monday morning at Pittsburg State University’ Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building.
“I thought Mitt Romney would be more popular,” said Morgan Woods, a PSU student and part of the extra staff brought it.
Less than 10 people were waiting for tickets when the office opened up to the public at 8:30 a.m. Romney will speak on Feb. 28 at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.
Romney, the Republican nominee for president in 2012, is the second speaker in H. Lee Scott Speaker Series.
The first speaker, former President Bill Clinton, sold out online in about 10 minutes and 50 minutes at the ticket office. People were waiting in line at 4 a.m. and for the ticket office to open at 8:30 a.m.
Jill Minneman, director of ticket operations, said this time the ticket office had more notice to prepare and opened sales to students (Feb. 2) and faculty and staff (Feb. 9) — instead of all at once. Tickets for students are $10 with an ID, $30 or $40 for staff and faculty and $35 or $45, depending on the section, for the public.
The tickets are $5 less on all fronts for Romney then they were for Clinton. Kathleen Flannery, vice president of university advancement, said the hype around the first series and time of day may have led to the event selling out so fast. Clinton being a former president had to do with the change in price.
“For most of our performances, it’s our expense and who is going to be joining us,” Flannery said about the price.
Romney’s speech will be at 3 p.m., Flanery said, and Clinton was at 4 p.m., which could affect people’s ability to attend.
Minneman said tickets were still available at the end of Monday. The Bicknell Center holds roughly 1,100 people.
The limit is four tickets per person and can be purchased online at pittstate.edu/office/tickets, by calling the ticket office at 620-235-4796, or in person from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The series was started by a more than $2 million gift former Walmart CEO Lee Scott and his wife, Linda. Lee Scott is the brother of PSU President Steve Scott and is a Gorilla alumnus.
“We hope that the exposure to these successful leaders will enhance the educational experiences for students and inspire them to someday be invited to speak about leadership on this same stage,” Lee Scott said in a former press release.
— Michael Stavola is a staff writer at The Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @MichaelStavola1.