Detroit Lions will add cheerleaders in the 2016 season

The Detroit Lions players and staff will have some company on the sidelines in 2016. It was announced today that the team will be adding cheerleaders that will debut this season. Team president, Rod Wood had this to say about newest attraction surrounding the Lions.

“The Ford Family is unwavering in their commitment to improving the Detroit Lions fan experience on and off the field,” said Detroit Lions Team President Rod Wood. “After thorough consideration and receiving input from our fans through season ticket member surveys and focus groups, we believe that this is an opportunity to elevate our game day entertainment.”

The cheerleaders will be coached by Rebecca Girard-Smoker who knows the Motor City quite well. She has extensive experience in casting, working the sports entertainment industry and was the Dance Team Director of ‘Automotion’ for 10 seasons. Automotion is the nickname for the dance team that represents our very own, Detroit Pistons.

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Wood spoke about Girard-Smoker and why she was chosen to lead the new cheerleaders in Detroit.

“We have maintained all along that if we added cheerleaders it would be done the right way and hiring Rebecca is a great first step,” said Wood. “Her experience locally and nationally will ensure that Detroit Lions cheerleaders will be great representatives of our team as well as ambassadors to the community.”

Media inquiries can be directed to Ben Manges, Detroit Lions corporate communications.

Auditions for the 2016 Detroit Lions Cheerleaders will begin Saturday, June 25 at Ford Field with call backs the remainder of the weekend. Pre-registration is required and details are available online at or by calling 313-262-2300. There will be an industry standard $25.00 fee for registration. Detroit Lions Cheerleaders auditions will be closed to the general public.

It will be something new at Ford Field, especially being the Lions had been one of seven teams in the NFL not to have cheerleaders. Well, now there are only six teams in the league.


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