Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. heard Saturday that the Class 3A Hammond boys basketball sectional had been moved from the Civic Center to Clark High School.

On Monday, after a conversation with Hammond Superintendent Walter Watkins, the sectional was moved back to the Civic Center.

"It was one of those decisions that was made without too much thought going into it," McDermott said Wednesday.

McDermott was on a weekend ski trip Saturday when he started getting messages. The snow under his skis began to melt a little.

He found out through an article in The Times that the switch had been made. With a lot of time and money put into one of the city's showcase venues, McDermott did not want this opportunity to pass.

One of the biggest issues with Clark is its lack of convenient parking, while the Civic Center has ample parking across the street. McDermott was proud of his city's million-dollar-plus investment in the building, putting in a new floor and giving a major facelift to the locker rooms in the basement.

"For us, this is all about exposure," he said. "We've put a lot of time and money into the facility, and we want things like the sectional hosted there. I believe this will be a great event for our city."

The boys basketball sectional will take place March 4, 7 and 8. The seven teams playing in the Hammond Sectional are Bowman Academy, Clark, Gavit, Griffith, Hammond, Lighthouse and Roosevelt.

While attendance has been low the last two postseasons when the sectional was held at both Clark and the Civic Center, with Bowman, Lighthouse and a rising Griffith team now in this field, expectations for a big crowd are high.

"I love it," said Bowman coach Marvin Rea, whose 2013 Class 2A state champions are ready for their first postseason in 3A. "The Civic Center is a great venue. I'm happy for my team, and I'm happy for my fans.

"It will be much easier for them to go to the Civic Center."

Crown Point native and IHSAA spokesman Jason Wille said there were no issues with the move back, because sectional host sites are determined by the host school.

Steve has won awards during two different stints at The Times. In addition to being the Prep Beat columnist, he covers football, boys basketball and boys track. He is a long-suffering Cubs fan.