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'Stay tuned:' Lions, one of six NFL teams without cheerleaders, could change stance

The Detroit Lions are one of six NFL teams without official cheerleaders, but things could be changing at Ford Field. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

DETROIT -- One of the more consistent off-field entertainment questions the Detroit Lions have received throughout the past few seasons is whether the franchise would hire cheerleaders for the first time.

Team president Rod Wood said Thursday he wouldn’t rule it out.

“It’s a very popular question and it’s one that, as I said before, is not off the table and I’m taking strong consideration,” Wood said during the team’s member summit for season-ticket holders at Ford Field. “Stay tuned.”

It’s somewhat of a change in stance from 2014, when former team president Tom Lewand told MLive that the franchise was proud to be one of six teams without cheerleaders.

Cheerleaders were not the only potential change Wood said might be coming to Ford Field. He said he is going to work on improving the Wi-Fi at the venue during home games.

Wood said he was going to reach out to the NFL’s league offices to try to get support through Verizon to have the company, one of the league's sponsors, invest money in upgrading the Wi-Fi. He said he understands the importance of fans being able to have Wi-Fi for social media, younger fans and those who check on fantasy football teams on game days.

“I’m hopeful we’re going to have a Wi-Fi that works beautifully this season,” Wood said.