Wednesday night, the Hammermill Center on Gannon University's campus was filled with fans and some great basketball. Just three weeks ago, however, it was smoke that filled the Hammermill Center from a fire, causing heavy damage on the inside.
Both men and women's basketball teams took on the Crimson Hawks of IUP. During halftime of the men's game, Dr. Keith Taylor, President of Gannon University, gave special thanks to the first responders who helped contain the fire and smoke on the December 23, 2013 fire.
"To see it today, it's really amazing what's been done in three weeks and to be able to be a part of this, a lot of times the job goes un-thanked, but it's nice to see some recognition tonight," said Jeff Carroll, Deputy Chief of Erie Fire Department.
Much of the center was damaged from smoke from that fire. Volunteers worked through the holiday, painting, installing new lights and even putting in a new PA system.
"God bless us that we had it happen at a time when nobody was in the facility and it's really transformed back even better than it was before hand," said Dr. Taylor.
Dr. Taylor said it felt good being home. It was a good homecoming for both teams. The Lady Knights won 78-69, while the men's team won 67-61.