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VICI Properties Inc. Provides Construction Financing to Kalahari for Indoor Waterpark Resort Development in Virginia

VICI Properties Inc. (NYSE: VICI) (“VICI Properties” or the “Company”), an experiential real estate investment trust, announced today that the Company has agreed to provide an up to $212 million mezzanine loan investment to Kalahari Resorts and Conventions (“Kalahari”) to fund the development of a Kalahari indoor waterpark resort in Thornburg, Virginia (“Kalahari Virginia”). The 907-key, $900 million indoor waterpark resort officially broke ground in October 2023 and is expected to start welcoming guests by the end of 2026. The mezzanine loan has an initial term of 4 years with two 12-month extension options subject to certain conditions. VICI’s investment is expected to be made into the project in the second half of 2025.

This transaction represents VICI Properties’ first investment with Kalahari, an operator of indoor waterparks, amusement parks, hotels and convention centers with four open and operating assets in Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin. Kalahari Virginia is expected to be 1.4 million square feet inclusive of an indoor waterpark, outdoor waterpark, convention and meeting space, and 10 F&B outlets.

Kellan Florio, Chief Investment Officer of VICI Properties, said, “We are excited to initiate this partnership with the Kalahari team. We have high conviction around the vitality and durability of the indoor waterpark resort segment within the family entertainment center sector, and Kalahari’s growth ambitions and proven track record make them a great partner for VICI.”

About VICI Properties

VICI Properties Inc. is an S&P 500® experiential real estate investment trust that owns one of the largest portfolios of market-leading gaming, hospitality and entertainment destinations, including Caesars Palace Las Vegas, MGM Grand and the Venetian Resort Las Vegas, three of the most iconic entertainment facilities on the Las Vegas Strip. VICI Properties owns 92 experiential assets across a geographically diverse portfolio consisting of 54 gaming properties and 38 non-gaming experiential properties across the United States and Canada. The portfolio is comprised of approximately 125 million square feet and features approximately 60,300 hotel rooms and nearly 500 restaurants, bars, nightclubs and sportsbooks. Its properties are occupied by industry-leading gaming, leisure and hospitality operators under long-term, triple-net lease agreements. VICI Properties has a growing array of real estate and financing partnerships with leading non-gaming experiential operators, including Bowlero, Great Wolf Resorts, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, Cabot, Canyon Ranch and Chelsea Piers. VICI Properties also owns four championship golf courses and 33 acres of undeveloped and underdeveloped land adjacent to the Las Vegas Strip. VICI Properties’ goal is to create the highest quality and most productive experiential real estate portfolio through a strategy of partnering with the highest quality experiential place makers and operators. For additional information, please visit

About Kalahari Resorts and Conventions

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, Sandusky, Ohio, the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania, and Round Rock, Texas, and opening soon in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, delivers a beyond-expectations waterpark resort and conference experience all under one roof. The authentically African-themed Kalahari Resorts, privately owned by the Nelson family, are home to America’s Largest Indoor Waterparks. Todd and Shari Nelson, the founders of Kalahari Resorts, were honored with an induction into the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame in 2023. Kalahari Resorts feature well-appointed guest rooms and suites, the full-service Spa Kalahari, a fun-filled family entertainment center, on-site signature restaurants, unique retail shops and a state-of-the-art convention center. For more information, members of the media are encouraged to visit

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