Justin Mitchell took over the reins of Festival Director. The planning was running smoothly until a sinkhole was discovered beneath Memorial Stadium forcing the stadium to close 3 months before the scheduled Festival date. After searching high and low for an acceptable location, the Oktoberfest committee rediscovered the Metrolina Trade Show and Expo. We decided to keep the Festival site outdoors to take advantage of the very large grass field at that location. We also decided to increase the size of the beer tents to enhance the Charlotte Oktoberfest experience for our patrons. The new site provided for easier access to beer, music, food, bathrooms, and the Creative Loafing Beer'lympic Village. With attendance of over 5500 patrons, the 2009 Charlotte Oktoberfest was able to raise $60,000 for Victory Junction and the National Kidney Foundation.