The Newcastle side are staying at a hotal on International Drive in Orlando.
Alan Pardew – the heat is even worse in Florida
We know Orlando well, since we had a luxury apartment in Kissimi from 1999 until 2003, but it was hard to get my wife to go down there from Raleigh.
And in the four years we had the apartment, which overlooked a golf course in a gated community, and which I bought new, we probably used it no more than seven weeks or so in total.
Oh well, you win some and you lose some.
International Drive is close to Disney World and it’s where a lot of the tourists stay, and of course there are many hotels there too.
The lads will be drinking more fluids than they have for a long time, because with the intense heat and humidity, if you do venture outside, which most locals don’t do because they are not daft, you just sweat so profusely, and that’s an understatement.
Life in the summer in Florida is going from your air conditioned car, to the air conditioned Malls, and back to your air conditioned home – and since we lived in Boca Raton for seven years, and it’s almost 200 miles south of Orlando, we know all about life there.
Alan Pardew talked today about life in the hotel and oh yes – that heat:
“The hotel is fine.” “We have one convention of the baptist church, who are singing and dancing in the hallway a lot.” “And there is another convention of old ladies, so I might sit and have a go on the raffle.”
“We don’t know if we’ll join in with the church group, but we have preachers in our group so you never know.”
“We are just getting on as normal.” “It’s the type of heat out here – it is a bit more intense if I’m honest.”
“This is why we came out here because we know that when we start training back at home it will be a breeze compared to this.”
“It is not doing us any harm and we are still getting our work in.” “We trained indoors yesterday at the hotel because it was cooler.”
“We can always find ways of getting done what we need away from the direct sunlight. We all trained and with the two or three impact injuries we’ve had it was helpful.”
“It seemed hotter for some reason – even Kansas didn’t seem like this, as I say it’s a more intense type of heat.”
“Hopefully it will cool down, but it has been typical weather for Orlando.” “I have holidayed here, it’s intense then it bungs up, rains and becomes muggy again.”
“I expect us to play under that – it might even rain during the game.” “We might even get a rain storm, you never know in Orlando.”
There should be more of a breeze in Orlando than in Kansas, and that will help to cool things down.
And late afternoon thunderstorms are the norm at this time of year in Florida, and that also helps to cool things down as well as lower the intense humidity.
It was 104 here in Raleigh yesterday with constant news reports on the radio were advising people to stay indoors and not to exert themselves.
There have been 30 heat-related deaths reported in the mini heat wave that has swept the country, and now moved east – following Newcastle on purpose no doubt.
The game tonight will kick-off at 7:30 local time (12:30 am Sunday morning England time) in the Citrus Bowl that holds just over 60,000 and was one of the venues in the 1994 World Cup.
That World Cup was held here back in 1994 and was won by Brazil, when they beat Italy 3-2 on penalties after extra time, for their 4th World Cup, and that was after no goals were scored in 120 minutes of football.
Since Orlando City are in the third tier of US football, we would expect a Newcastle win tonight, but of course as Muddy Waters used to tell us - you never can tell.