A big response for free tickets to see legendary journalist Bob Woodward on May 4 has prompted Kent State University to switch the event to a bigger place.

The talk will now be at Kent’s State’s Memorial Athletics and Convocation Center (MAC Center), and tickets are now available again, the university said in a news release today.

Woodward initially was scheduled to speak in the Kent Student Center ballroom as part of the university’s Presidential Speaker Series. Tickets were gone in less than a day after his talk was publicly revealed last week.

Kent State will pay Woodward $50,000 to speak. The event is open to the public and admission is free, but a ticket is required. For free tickets and event information, go to: www.kent.edu/president/speakerseries.

Woodward, who is associate editor for The Washington Post, will speak at 7 p.m. in the Kent Student Center ballroom. His talk coincides with the annual commemoration events marking May 4, 1970, when four students were killed and nine others wounded by the Ohio National Guard during a protest on the Kent State campus.

Kent State said in a news release issued last week that Woodward will discuss the events of 1969 and the Vietnam War leading up to Cambodia. He will also reflect on President Richard Nixon’s comment on the shooting that “the few days after Kent State were among the darkest of my presidency.”

Woodward has reported on nine U.S. presidents and has won the Pulitzer Prize twice. He also has authored or co-authored 19 books. He gained international attention when he and Carl Bernstein reported on Watergate. Their book, “All the President’s Men,” became a No. 1 national best-seller and was turned into a movie in 1976 starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman.

In listing the all-time 100 best nonfiction books, Time magazine called “All the President’s Men” “perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in history.”

Journalist Jeff St. Clair will serve as master of ceremonies and will moderate a question-and-answer session onstage with Woodward following his remarks. St. Clair is the local host of NPR’s “All Things Considered” on WKSU, which is co-sponsoring Woodward’s appearance at Kent State.