YMCA basketball court being dried out after the flood. Picture from the YMCA Facebook page.
A piece of history at the downtown Knoxville YMCA is now a thing of the past.
Thursday, the facility closed as crews began removing the floor of the basketball court and replacing it.
The floor was damaged back in May, when a chunk of the ceiling on the third floor collapsed and ruptured a sprinkler system.
Managers say the 83-year-old floor has seen a lot of use over the years.
"This YMCA was built in 1929, so that particular basketball court floor has a lot of history. A lot of famous Knoxvillians have used it. The University of Tennessee men's basketball team at one point practiced on that floor. So it's seen a lot of traffic," said
Buster Brasfield, District Executive Director of the YMCA.
Managers say despite the loss of the history, members are excited about getting a new floor.
The facility will remain closed Friday as the work continues.
It will reopen on Saturday.
Eighty-three years of history will be getting a facelift starting Thursday at the Downtown Knoxville YMCA.
Back in May, employees came to work and found the building flooded.
Officials say a chunk of the ceiling on the third floor collapsed and ruptured a sprinkler system. Part of the basketball court was damaged in the flood.
According to the YMCA's Facebook page, crews will begin removing the floor, which is the original basketball court at the building.
The YMCA will be closed Thursday and Friday for the repairs.