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AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s an event Elon Musk says is going to be “the biggest party on Earth” and it’s happening right in our backyard.
The ‘Cyber Rodeo’ will be the public’s first look inside Tesla’s massive Gigafactory located near Austin. If you weren’t on the guestlist for the invite-only event, we’re going to be tracking what’s happening for you.
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9:50 p.m.: No celebration would be complete without fireworks. They started just before 10.
9:44 p.m.: Musk explained the factory is equivalent to three pentagons, and it’s the largest factory building in the world by volume.
9:35 p.m.: Musk said so far, they have six factories on three continents. He said the placement of the factories also matters.
“It’s also going to be better for the environment, because we want to make the cars where the customers are, and not put them on ships over the oceans, so it’s going to be way better to make the cars locally,” he said.
“I asked the Tesla team, because California is great, and we’re continuing to expand in California, but… we ran out of room. So we needed a place where we could be really big. And there’s no place like Texas,” Musk said.
9:27 p.m.: Elon Musk drives onto stage wearing a cowboy hat and sunglasses. “Welcome, welcome,” he greets the crowd. “To Cyber Rodeo.”
“So we’re going to talk about past, present and future.”
9:20 p.m.: Just 20 minutes earlier, the live stream for Cyber Rodeo kicked off. Drones with lights flew above the factory to create numerous designs, including different Tesla models and the dog from the “Doge” meme that’s now used as the logo for Dogecoin, a type of cryptocurrency.
8:13 p.m.: Actor Harrison Ford was spotted at the Cyber Rodeo opening party for Travis County’s gigafactory. (Viewer Photo)
7:12 p.m.: Some Teslas were programmed to put on a light show in sync to music, and attendees could see some factory equipment in action (videos courtesy of Charles Scott).
7 p.m.: Not only was the party happening inside the facility, giant art displays and Tesla models also lined the outside. Of course, a giant cowboy hat and boots were needed for the occasion — very much sticking to the “Cyber Rodeo” theme.
6:18 p.m.: Stiles Switch BBQ is helping to provide food for the party.
“Thank you for having us on this inaugural day. The ATeam bringing the Smoked Meats. Swing by & say ‘Howdy’ if you are here & don’t worry both locations are open tonight,” the restaurant posted on social media.
5:33 p.m.: Video from @kelly_dlux on Twitter show displays inside the Giga Texas factory during Cyber Rodeo.
5:11 p.m.: Attendees got to sign a Tesla model at the factory.
4:35 p.m.: Here’s a look inside the factory.
4:15 p.m.: Long lines were seen as early as an hour and a half before the event opened its doors at 4 p.m.
11 a.m.: We will update this section throughout the day as we receive them.
Musk tweeted a timeline for the event overnight. Doors open at 4 p.m., festivities start at 8 and Musk says he will speak to the crowd of roughly 15,000 people at 9 p.m.
Preparing for the party
Outside of the Giga Factory, even in the early morning hours of Thursday, crews can be seen setting up for the massive event.
The guest list
Thousands are preparing to attend “the biggest party on Earth” (Musk’s words) including local officials who are among those to get an exclusive invite.
Thursday’s massive celebratory party for the upcoming Gigafactory is invite-only but Musk tweeted at one of his fans overnight that “the door won’t be super strict.”
Travis County Commissioners approved a permit to accommodate up to 15,000 people at the party taking place at 13101 Tesla Road, Austin, formerly known as Harold Green Road.
The celebration is limited to adults only. Drones, pets, explosives and smoking or vaping devices are all prohibited.