Ticket sales for retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s talk at the Performing Arts Center on Thursday fell short by nearly half of his $50,000 speaking fee, according to the director of Cal Poly Arts.
More than 600 people attended the speech at the Christopher Cohan Center, a venue that seats 1,282 people, Director Steven Lerian said.
Ticket sales amounted to $23,665, and Thoma Electric Co. in San Luis Obispo provided $2,500 in sponsorship money.
“That shortfall will come out of the Cal Poly Arts account at Cal Poly Corporation (not tax dollars),” Lerian said in an e-mail to The Tribune. “This is our operation and program account from which we pay for all artist and production fees.”
Cal Poly Arts is the primary presenter of shows at the PAC, operating under the auspices of the nonprofit Cal Poly Corporation.
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