What a day.

It was standing room only as Uber Technologies (UBER) debuted on the New York Stock Exchange Friday, after raising just over $8 billion from its much-anticipated initial public offering that values the ride-sharing group at $82.4 billion, against a volatile market backdrop and ongoing controversy over its business practices.

Uber Technologies's biggest bull said the ride-sharing service has a much more dynamic business than rival Lyft (LYFT) .

Uber's first trade was at $42 a share, below its offer price of $45.

And while everyone was keeping an eye on the stock.... TheStreet was also keeping an eye on the excitement behind the scenes. Watch the video for the sights and sounds from today's much anticipated event.

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