After 70+ years of playing football in Detroit, the Detroit Lions finally have cheerleaders! Well they kind of have them anyway.Â The fans in Detroit have been complaining that they are the only NFL team without cheerleaders for quite a long time. Now the new, independently formed Detroit Pride will make its debut in and around Ford Field on Sunday for the Lions home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.
According to their Facebook page, “The Detroit Pride Cheerleaders will encourage spirit and enthusiasm for Detroit sports teams. We will enhance the game day experience for fans and will be positive role models for youth across the state. By aligning ourselves with charities and organizations throughout the area with appearances and monetary donations, we aim to bring the PRIDE back into Detroit!”
Being that they are not the typical “normal” cheerleaders, they do have to follow some rules at the game.
1. They are not allowed to perform organized cheers.
2. They cannot obstruct the view of fans.
3.Â They are not allowed to take group photos with fans. Only two girls may appear in photos, so they plan to walk through Ford Field in rows of two.
4. They cannot wear Lions logos or team colors. Although there is blue in their uniforms, it will not be “Honolulu blue.”
It should be very interesting to see how this plays out on Sunday. I know the fans will most likely love it!
“We are not going to do anything that would cause us to be asked to leave and we do not want them (the Lions) mad,” said Andrea Wiliamowski, Director of Operations for the Pride. “We want them to like us. We want to show the Ford organization and the Lions that this is something people want. “We want to support the team because we believe they deserve it. We believe they are going to do well and we want to make them happy.” (Yahoo)