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Gaziantepspor is a professional Turkish football club located in the city of Gaziantep. Formed in 1969, Gaziantepspor are nicknamed the Şahinler (The Falcons). The club colours are black and red, and they play their home matches at Kamil Ocak Stadyumu.

The first sports club in Gaziantep was founded by students at the American College in 1923. Several other clubs were founded soon after; Altınışık, Kilis İdman Yurdu Spor Kulübü, and Türkocağı Spor Kulübü. However, these clubs didn't last long, with Altınışık and Türkocağı folding in 1929 and 1931 respectively. Türkocağı went on to merge with Sanatkarlar Spor Kulübü to form Gaziantep İdman Yurdu. The club didn't register in time for the Gaziantep amateur league and were only permitted to compete in friendly matches. Gaziantep Idman Yurdu disbanded in 1932.

There were no clubs in Gaziantep until 1938, with the sports branch of the community centre taking over and running all sporting activities. Gaziantepspor was founded in the early months of 1969. Important figures in Gaziantep held a meeting with then-mayor Abdülkadir Batur in order to form the club. A total of 58 people helped with the foundation of Gaziantepspor in 1969. The first president of the club was Beşir Bayram. The club contested friendly matches in their first season. They were allowed to join the 3.Lig in 1970. In their first season of professional football, Gaziantepspor finished third in the 3.Lig, Yeşil Grup (Green Group).

The club finished second in the 2.Lig in 1974–75, barely missing promotion by three points. Gaziantepspor were promoted to the top-flight after the 1978–79 season. The club managed to stay afloat in their first season in the 1.Lig, finishing one point above the relegation zone. The club was relegated in 1983, but earned promotion back to the top-flight in 1990, where they have competed since. The club had the best position in the top-flight as 3rd in 1999–2000 and 2000–2001 seasons.

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Gaziantep Kamil Ocak Stadium (Turkish: Kamil Ocak Stadyumu) is a multi-purpose stadium in Gaziantep, Turkey. It is used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of Gaziantepspor. The stadium holds 16,981 people. It was named after the Turkish politician Mehmet Kamil Ocak.



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