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.
Gaziantepspor which bears the name of Gaziantep city was founded in first days of 1969. . Gaziantep citys’ leading people made a meeting under the chairmanship of Mayor Abdulkadir Batur and they made a first attempt for the foundation of the club. Later on,as a result of continuing meetings, Gaziantepspor Club was founded in 1969 with the participation of 58 people. At the end of the discourses on Gaziantepspors’ colurs;a lament color black, in memoriam of 6317 martyries who did not surrender city at the hazards of their lives to enemies in the Defense of Gaziantep which is an example to whole world as a bravery epic and a red which symbolizes our martyries’ blood, were chosen as the Club colors Red and Black. Besir Bayram who was a founder member, has been a first president of the Gaziantepspor Club.
Gaziantepspor finished its first season by playing friendly matches. Red – blacks started to play in the Turkish League in 1970–1971 season through a decree executed in 1970 which allowed city teams play directly in the third division.
Gaziantepspor’s emblem represents the cities landmarks and was designed under the guidance of ex-chairman Celal Doğan. Gaziantep castle is symbolized by the outline of the logo. Above the Gaziantep banner lies the martrys memorial, the checkered background represents the cities treat to the world, the famous desert ‘Baklava’. In the foreground is a Falcon which is the clubs nickname as well as the name of one of the cities heroes Şahinbey.
The club enjoy most of their support from the city and surrounding provinces. Their main ultra group is called Gençlik 27, (Youngers 27), 27 corresponds to the cities code. Gençlik 27 was founded in 1996 by Hasan Günoğlu also known as Hasan Reis (Reis meaning Boss). The supporter group are renowned for creating a great atmosphere at home games with their red flares flags and are found in the 5th and 6th stands behind the goal. Gaziantepspor fans also are known for being proud of their Anatolian heritage, playing national Turku Anadolu music, causing trouble, causing fights, violence and many crowd trouble is reported at games, which is caused by every fan and club in Turkish football as it is more than religion for the Turkish population.
Gaziantepspor play their home matches at Gaziantep Kamil Ocak Stadium. The stadium is named after former politician Mehmet Kamil Ocak, who helped build sporting facilities in Gaziantep. The stadium was opened in 1974 and it currently seats 16,981 spectators. The field is covered with grass, and the stadium also has floodlights.