In 1st year, MGM Springfield has little impact on most neighborhood businesses Nancy Eve Cohen, NEPR · August 13, 2019 at 7:55 am As the MGM Springfield casino in Springfield was under construction a few years ago, several local retailers and restaurants said they got a lot of new business. But now — a year after it opened — not so much.‘They Have Spread Their Wealth’ One hot July day, Jason and Lori Czech made their third visit to the casino from their home in Sturbridge. “We wouldn’t come to Springfield [for] really anything else other than the casino,” Lori Czech said. Jason Czech said that so far, they’ve eaten mostly inside the casino. “They got a couple of good restaurants in there,” he said.